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Guilford Avenue Bridge

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Rainbow Bridge

Photo taken by Jim Grey

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BH Photo #192930

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Overview
Concrete arch bridge over I.W.C. Canal on Guilford Avenue in Indianapolis
Location
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1906
Design
Arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 60.7 ft.
Total length: 61.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.6 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.87111, -86.14278   (decimal degrees)
39°52'16" N, 86°08'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/573310/4413803 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Indianapolis West
Inventory numbers
INNBI 4900076 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16565 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2014)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 62.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
29,994

Update Log 

  • March 9, 2017: Photo imported by Jim Grey
  • September 30, 2013: New photo from Jim Grey
  • November 22, 2011: Updated by J.P.: updated design
  • May 9, 2011: New photo from Jim Grey
  • January 28, 2011: New Street View added by Sheldon Wiens
  • January 28, 2011: New photos from Jim Grey

Sources 

  • Jim Grey - mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Sheldon Wiens
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Guilford Avenue Bridge
Posted October 1, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yep... I guarantee you it was a height issue...

And yep... It did ruin the aesthetic value of this bridge...

Guilford Avenue Bridge
Posted September 30, 2013, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just added a photo to the gallery of the bridge showing that the unique "link" railing has been altered. The railing was cut at about street level, a row of concrete blocks was inserted, and the original railing was placed on top of that.

I have to assume this was done to meet some standard for bridge railing height, but it ruined the aesthetic of this unique structure.

Guilford Avenue Bridge
Posted May 10, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

WOW!......This is the first I have seen (or heard) about this unique span.

Yes......It's definitely too organized to be graffiti. Looks more like a project that a local school or art class might have done. As long as it helps keep a 105 year old concrete bridge around.....I'm all for it.

Will have to check it out next time I'm in the area!

Guilford Avenue Bridge
Posted May 10, 2011, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm not entirely sure, but it looks like too coordinated of an effort to be graffiti. I have vague memories -- someone correct me if I'm wrong -- that this bridge used to be painted in a more random color pattern.

Guilford Avenue Bridge
Posted May 10, 2011, by Sheldon Wiens (sheldon_wiens77 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Were the railings of this bridge painted by the owners or is it graffiti?