Thanks to Tom Winkle for providing boat transportation to assist in the photo-documentation of this bridge.
Photo taken by Nathan Holth (www.historicbridges.org) in August 2013
BH Photo #265259
Robert: I agree, it could be much, much worse. Oddly, the bridge is also designed somewhat similarly to much older bridges. From a distance, it looked old... its two-girder and floorbeam design, and arched girders are uncommon among post 1970 bridges. We had to get closer to see the welded beams that give away its age.
On a less positive note, this bridge replaced a ca. 1917 Scherzer Rolling Lift bascule, a double-leaf through truss. See attached photos from Indiana SHAARD. SHAARD Description:
Statement of Significance:
This is the only extant and intact example in Indiana of the most popular form (by 1915) of moveable bridge in the country. Designed by a prolific Chicago firm, this structure retains its original members including its latticed guardrails.
This two leaf, through, and all-riveted bascule bridge of 360' and with a sidewalk on each side was designed by the Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Company of Chicago on the basis of its patents. The rolling lift bascule bridge continually changes its center of rotation and shifts its load application point as its center of gravity moves in a horizontal line. The Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company fabricated and erected it for Lake County upon a concrete substructure. Three of the four spans are of 71'6"; the fourth extends 146' in six panels. The central moveable leafs are of four panels and follow a Warren truss style with the top chord angling upward toward the counterweight. The endposts and top chord were fabricated from crafted channels, the lower chord and diagonals from laced channels, and the verticals from crafted I beams. Girder floor beams and stringers carry the metal grid deck with its 39' roadway.
This bridge might be modern, but it is way more interesting than a concrete slab. I'm glad to see photos of it on here.
Since this non-historic, modern bridge appears to be of interest to others on this website, I am including photos of this bridge I took whilst visiting and documenting more interesting historic bridges on this canal for HistoricBridges.org including two exceedingly rare Rall bascules! You will have to wait for a HistoricBridges.org update to see those photos! :)
This bridge is actually located in East Chicago, IN. Hammond is a couple of miles to the west.