I drove over this bridge the other day and shot video of the experience (camera suction-cupped to the windshield).
This is how a State highway Parker Truss SHOULD be treated when it is necessary to add additional lanes of traffic. I drive over this bridge quite a bit, and you are so impressed by the beauty of it that you don't even notice the ugly slab of concrete carrying the Westbound lanes.
Also this bridge is a great example of a restored version of bridge of like nature to the Sand Creek and Silver Creek bridges in my area.....the ones we were discussing a few weeks ago. I am glad that at least this bridge was restored.
Here is a great example of a truss being rehabilitated and paired with another span (yeah it's a UCEB) with each being used for one-way traffic.
And this one carries 40,000 plus cars a day!
Thanks for some of the history on this span and the predecessor to it Bob! I am not surprised to hear about an earlier bridge at this location, and am curious if there are any photos of it out there.
I am pleased that Marion County chose to retain this wonderful landmark as part of their roadway system. The rehabilitation on it last year will help it last for many more years. I would love to get more close-up and detail shots of it....but with 40,000+ cars a day it is very difficult!
The west side of this bridge used to be the scene of some horrible accidents as the North River Road Intersected just 10-20 feet west of the Warren Pony Truss section and it was difficult to see cars headed west across the bridge. North River Road was changed to cross at Union Chapel Road for safety reasons in the mid to late 60s. There was a few bad wrecks on the east side of the bridge also since that is where South river road intersected almost as close to the Warren Pony Truss on the east side as it was on the west.
There was an earlier iron through truss bridge at this location just to the south of the 1941 span. I have seen a picture of it with the 1941 span being constructed in the background. It was removed when what we locals called the "Road 100" bridge was built, stone abutments and all. It was also known as the 86th Street Bridge and also just simply "The Big Green Bridge". "Road 100" was also called the "US 52 Bypass" and followed 86th street from the northwest side at Lafayette Rd (US 52)jogging south to 82nd to the north east side then south on Shadeland to US 52 on the south east side. "Road 100" was a state highway. The old iron span connected North River Road with South River Road and also allowed traffic to continue east and west on 82nd/86th. South River road at one time was also known as the "Fall Creek and White River Gravel Road" and was a toll road with a rate of toll set at 2 cents per mile for one horse and carriage and was just over 5 miles in length. The Fall Creek and White River Gravel Road ran from Fall creek at Keystone Ave north to the White river (no bridge at Keystone and the river at that time) and then followed South River Road to 86th and then east to connect with the Allisonville Gravel Road which was also a toll road.
I lived in Indianapolis for 7 years and didn't know they had any through truss bridges until I read about this one in the Indy Star newspaper. It's great to see your photos of it here. Thanks for the coverage, and good for Indiana.
This is the last through truss bridge in use on a Marion County road. It is on the Eastbound lanes of 82nd/86th Streets in Indianapolis and carries an enormous amount of traffic daily (approximately 50,000).
Webmaster's note: The photo that was here has been incorporated into the main site.