In my 42 years of hunting down historic bridges, this is the first one I have seen with a 2 Ton Load Limit. I also got lost trying to find this one. If you're going south from Ft. Ritner (the town), the road makes a jog and I missed it because the corn was about 12' tall when I was there in late August 2013. Beautiful bridge!
Still here and still open, I drove across last week.
Just wanted to share my son's picture of the Fort Ritner Bridge. He took it with his Iphone in Dec. 2010.
This one is still there after the floods of Spring 2011, drove over it today. Looks much the same but I did notice a definite sag in the deck about 10 foot wide, all the way across, maybe 4 inches deep, just West of the center pier. Kinda raised an eyebrow as I passed over it but there wasn't even a creak. Shoulda stopped an got a pic but didn't think about it at the time
Thanks Tony, for the information given. I appreciate your imput.
This "punched" style plaque was used on the Fort Ritner bridge built in 1895, as well as the Brooks Bridge in Martin County built in 1894. These bridges are both extremely long 2-span Pratts, that feature higher trusses more akin to Whipples. The builder chose to use the extra portal bracing to display it's name in a very unique way. Apparently no date of construction or recognition of commissioners were given on these 2 spans.By the time LBC built the Cavanaugh Bridge in 1899, they had chose to use more conventional cast plaques. All of the firms shorter spans used a cast builders plaque, sometimes mated with another plate with the commissioners names.
Was it a practice of Lafayette Bridge Co, to transform the bridge plaques (ID plates)? I see on these pages various shapes and sizes and as is the case of this particular bridge, the wording is also different. Is the plaque on this bridge a poor reproduction of their other plaques? This one has the name punched out of what looks to be heavy sheet metal as opposed to a mold that we are used to seeing. I have looked at all of the Indiana bridges probably many times over and hadn't notice this particular plaque on the Lafayette bridges until just now.
You mention the Brooks Bridge, is there any set timeline for restoration of this bridge?
Hopefully with Martin County restoring the Brooks Bridge, Lawrence and Washington Counties will follow suite. These two bridges are very similar (with the Brooks Bridge being slightly longer), and are in locations where rehabilitation makes more sense. Unfortunately, common sense and commissioners don't seem to get together very often.
I was just there yesterday, it's still standing and open to vehicle traffic. Seemed in about the same state of repair as the 2007 comment indicates.
Yes, this great bridge still does exist. I don't mean to be negative but unfortunately it appears to have been neglected and in great need of attention. The stonework on the pier and abutments, the wooden deck , and the trusses are all need attention if it to stick around much longer. Also I can't believe it is open for traffic. It would be a terrible shame to let the bridge fall beyond repair. There are not many of these two span bridges left so I would like to see this one as well as some other White River Bridges in the area get the attention and rehab they deserve!
I got lost looking for this bridge, glad to see it does exist!
Finally!! We've got a pic for the Fort Ritner bridge up.
Like the Sparksville bridge a few miles east, this through truss bridge is one of the most noteworthy bridges around not only in southern Indiana but the whole state. It's an awesome feeling just seeing this puppy for the first time in all of its ragged (but beautiful) glory.