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Nine Span Bridge

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South Portal

January 13, 2013 was a very somber, grey day. Somehow an appropriate benediction as the bridge carried traffic for its last full day.

Photo taken by Roger Deschner January 13, 2013

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

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Videos 

Southbound on last full day

Traveling southbound across the Nine Span Bridge on Indianapolis Blvd in Hammond IN on Jan 13, 2013. The following day it was closed for demolition. Note the unusual skewed portals to each span.

Video posted by Roger Deschner

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Northbound on last full day

Traveling northbound across the Nine Span Bridge on Indianapolis Blvd in Hammond IN on Jan 13, 2013. The following day it was closed for demolition. Note the unusual skewed portals to each span.

Video posted by Roger Deschner

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1938 WPA film of Nine Span Bridge

Historic film made for WPA covers the bridge when it was new. Great panorama of all nine spans begins at 1:16, and shows the different height of each span.

Video posted to YouTube by Anthony Diaz, added to bridgehunter by Roger Deschner

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TV interview on last day of Nine Span Bridge

The WJOB group of Larry the K, Tim "T-Rex" Saldana, Dawn Marie Keilman and Kevin "Kegs" Heggi take a last walk on the Nine Span Bridge before it gets demolished.

Video posted by Roger Deschner

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How to Demolish a Bridge (Nine Span Bridge, S.R. 152, Lake Co.)

InDOT video of demolition of Nine Span Bridge (Caution: Painful to watch!)

Video posted by Roger Deschner

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Description 

Demolished and replaced nine span through truss bridge over Gibson Rail Yard on Indianapolis Blvd IN-152 in Hammond IN. This bridge was closed for demolition and replacement starting Monday January 14, 2013. Replacement structure opened in December 2013. One span was disassembled and stored for 10 years, available for reuse within Indiana. Besides its great length, this bridge was unusual for its skewed truss spans, most easily visible at the intermediate portals. (see videos or Google street view). It was also unusual in that the spans differed in both length and height, giving it a haphazard asymetrical appearance from the side.

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Gibson Rail Yard on Indianapolis Blvd. in Hammond
Location
Hammond, Lake County, Indiana
Status
Demolished and replaced.
Future prospects
One span is available for reuse within Indiana.
History
Built 1935, rehabilitated in 1984, to be demolished 2013
Builder
- E.J. Albrecht Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Design
Riveted, skewed Parker through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 245.7 ft.
Total length: 2,117.2 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 39.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.7 ft.
Skew angle
19 degrees
Also called
Indianapolis Boulevard Bridge
Gibson Rail Yard Bridge
Indiana State Highway Bridge #152-45-1031E
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.60583, -87.48056   (decimal degrees)
41°36'21" N, 87°28'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/459956/4606125 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Highland
Inventory numbers
INNBI 027660 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16483 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/2011)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 34.6 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
20,540

Update Log 

  • May 28, 2017: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • December 10, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.
  • May 9, 2013: New video from Roger Deschner
  • January 25, 2013: New photos from Roger Deschner
  • January 24, 2013: Updated by Roger Deschner: Updated description, added videos
  • January 18, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status per forum post
  • January 8, 2013: Updated by Roger Deschner: Update demolition date, common name of bridge
  • December 17, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated planned demolition date from 2014 to NOW.
  • April 19, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.

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Comments 

Nine Span Bridge
Posted March 20, 2014, by victor (vlbrunton [at] juno [dot] com)

One. The narrator of the InDOT film seems a bit "snarky" ("How'd they do that?"). But then, happy and cheerful is not the way this audience feels about the demolition of historic and unusual bridges.

Two. I recall driving across this bridge when it was four lanes. I did not realize that in its final configuration, it had been reduced to two lanes to provide for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Frankly, that was a good idea; too bad it wasn't enough to prolong the life of this bridge!

Three. So, one span (number three from the south) has been saved until 2023. What an unusual concept! Though, as a rule, the nature of other bridges usually does not allow for such an option. (I mean, how would you save a portion of a cantilever?)

Bottom line: Has anyone out there expressed an interest in the salvaged Nine Span truss?

We have nine years to save one-ninth of the Nine Span Bridge!

Nine Span Bridge
Posted December 10, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The hideously ugly replacement slab of concrete is just one more reason for Michiganders to look at Indiana as the annoying space you have to drive through to get from Michigan to Chicago. Once, this bridge, which was visible from the Tollway, was a hint that Indiana was a state that offered unique historic bridges to visitors. No longer. http://www.nwitimes.com/business/local/new-bridge-dedicated-...

Conrail IN 152 Bridge
Posted March 14, 2007, by Don Krivach (DJKrivach [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Locals refer to this bridge simply as "The 9-span Bridge."