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Anoka Bridge

Photos 

Looking West October 2005

Country road 250 South and 475 East intersection looking at road closed signs at bridge approach over WSRY tracks.

Photo taken by James Norwood

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BH Photo #136532

Map 

Description 

This is actually a railroad bridge converted for road use. It is steel with wood approaches on either side. This is located at the once busy Anoka Junction of the Pennsylvania RR where two lines came together which meant heavy train traffic.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pony plate girder bridge over Winamac Southern Railway on CR250 South in Anoka
Location
Anoka, Cass County, Indiana
Status
Demolished
History
Built 1930, demolished in 2013
Railroads
- Conrail (CR)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (PCC&StL)
- Winamac Southern Railway (WSRY)
Design
Main span: Steel Pony plate girder
Approaches: Timber stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 74.2 ft.
Total length: 250.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Also called
Anoka Junction Bridge
County Road 250 South Railroad Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.72936, -86.29126   (decimal degrees)
40°43'46" N, 86°17'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/559849/4508955 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Anoka
Inventory numbers
INNBI 0900137 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 42211 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/1991)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 37.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1990)
300

Update Log 

  • March 16, 2013: Updated by James Norwood: Updated that bridge is now removed. No replacement is planned.
  • February 6, 2013: Updated by James Norwood: added possible removal status
  • May 26, 2009: Updated by Joshua Collins: bridge design/type
  • May 25, 2009: Updated by James Norwood: Incorporated NBI 1992 data
  • April 13, 2009: New photo from James Norwood
  • April 6, 2009: Updated by James Norwood
  • April 4, 2009: Added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com

Comments 

Anoka Bridge
Posted March 16, 2013, by James Norwood

Bridge is now gone.

Anoka Bridge
Posted March 14, 2013, by James Norwood

I noticed a large excavator sitting next to the West approach today as I passed in the dark. I couldn't see if the bridge was still there. I will check it out within the next couple of days and report back.

County Road 250 South Railroad Overpass
Posted February 6, 2013, by James Norwood

The long awaited demo of this bridge is nearing. Here is a link to the local newspaper with a story about the impending removal. http://pharostribune.com/local/x503843094/Anoka-Bridge-is-fa...

One last thing to add is I agree about the liability issues as I have witnessed several kids from nearby mobile home community playing on this bridge as well as jumping on passing rail cars for a short joy ride.

Again, it is sad to see it go, but it's time has come and gone. Hopefully the road will one day be reinstalled either via an at grade crossing or another bridge, but I won't hold my breath. This area was once a major junction of the Pennsylvania Railroad and included a manned tower and interlocking thus the original need for this once proud bridge.

Country Road 250 South Railroad Overpass
Posted April 4, 2009, by James Norwood

With the new Obama Economic Stimulus bill, Cass County has included the demolition of this bridge in it's wish list if the state of Indiana provides funding via the stimulus package. Word could come down anyday that may happen, else it will continue to sit and rot until the county and Winamac Southern Railway(WSRY)comes to an agreement for it's removal. Living nearby, I hope this is rectified soon as it would make logistics easier for me when traversing our area. I hate to see it go, but I understand it isn't needed anymore and a safety hazard due to neglect for many years. I know of at least one car that went over the side just a year or so before it was closed. I will miss the sound of the wood deck on my tires, but won't miss the fact you couldn't see if any oncoming traffic was near when crossing this single lane bridge, causing one of those stop and back up moves due to the steep approaches. Very visible from adjacent US 35 during the winter, and quite the sight. I will have better photos to post later when I can find them. Jay