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Kankakee River IN 49 Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Tom Hall

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BH Photo #115725

Map 

Street View 

Video 

Kankakee River IN 49 Bridge

Mike Daffron

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Facts 

Overview
Parker through truss bridge over Kankakee River on IN 49
Location
Jasper County, Indiana, and Porter County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1941; rehabilitated 1996 & 2014
Builders
- Indiana State Highway Commission (Design)
- L & K Contracting Co., Inc. (Contractors)
Design
9-panel, Riveted Parker through truss
2X60' Concrete beam approach
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 199.8 ft.
Total length: 325.7 ft.
Deck width: 28.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.8 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Indiana State Highway Bridge #49-37-1938B
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.25413, -87.03348   (decimal degrees)
41°15'15" N, 87°02'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/497195/4566968 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kouts
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
5,140
Inventory numbers
INNBI 017940 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16361 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 71.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 10, 2019: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • April 29, 2018: New video from Mike Daffron
  • April 8, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • January 7, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge apparantly NOT doomed. Contract has been posted for extensive rehabilitation.
  • November 8, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • April 19, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.

Sources 

  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Kankakee River IN 49 Bridge
Posted May 21, 2014, by Rick

Edit: Reopened to traffic by Nov. 1 2014

Kankakee River IN 49 Bridge
Posted May 21, 2014, by Rick

The rivets will be replaced by bolts, but caps will be added to the bolts to make them look like rivets. The bridge is expected to be reopened to traffic by Nov. 1 2013.

Kankakee River IN 49 Bridge
Posted January 7, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

News articles must have been wrong (big surprise) as the latest Notice to Contractors includes a contract to rehabilitate (not replace) this bridge. Looks like a lot of rivets will be replaced with bolts, but the truss and even the railing will be left in place.

Kankakee River IN 49 Bridge
Posted November 8, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yes, this bridge is now doomed.

Kankakee River IN 49 Bridge
Posted June 28, 2013, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was over this a few weeks back - it's one lane now with stop lights. Wondering if INDOT is planning to replace it.