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Central Canal Illinois Street Bridge

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Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in May 2010

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BH Photo #164602

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Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over I.W.C. Canal on Illinois Street in Indianapolis
Location
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1920. Possible rehabilitation/alteration in 1946.
Builders
- Daniel B. Luten
- National Concrete Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
Design
Arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 58.1 ft.
Total length: 118.1 ft.
Deck width: 25.3 ft.
Skew angle
60 degrees
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.85580, -86.15954   (decimal degrees)
39°51'21" N, 86°09'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/571892/4412091 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Indianapolis West
Inventory numbers
INNBI 4900078 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16568 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2015)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 47.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
15,598

Update Log 

  • August 15, 2017: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated date per discussions, Dr. James Cooper notes, and historic text.
  • August 14, 2017: Photo imported by Jim Grey
  • August 14, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 13, 2017: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Luten arch"
  • December 30, 2012: New photos from J.P.
  • December 20, 2012: Updated by J.P.: added builders
  • July 8, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added arch type.

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Comments 

Central Canal Illinois Street Bridge
Posted August 15, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Indeed Nathan, that is the same bridge!

Central Canal Illinois Street Bridge
Posted August 14, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I visited this bridge a few months ago, and will be adding it to HistoricBridges.org soon. Anyway in researching my page for the bridge, I had reviewed Dr. James Cooper's notes... he does not have any detailed history for this bridge, but he does indicate that this bridge was constructed in 1920. I also found a bridge that I think is this bridge as shown in a Luten catalog from 1924 as I am showing here. As you can see the railings are different. The railings seen on the bridge today, which resemble a design I think that Indiana was using in the 1940s, may be the reason for the 1946 date (railing and maybe deck replacement).

Central Canal Illinois Street Bridge
Posted August 14, 2017, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

Very helpful; thanks guys!

Central Canal Illinois Street Bridge
Posted August 13, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

...And an incorrect date can be something as simple as them repaving the deck!

Central Canal Illinois Street Bridge
Posted August 13, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Indianapolis has a large number of Luten arches built between 1900 and 1925. Some of them (http://bridgehunter.com/in/marion/4900229/) have dates that are from much later, probably representing a major rehab.

Central Canal Illinois Street Bridge
Posted August 13, 2017, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is that 1946 date correct? Per Wikipedia, that's the year Luten died, at age 76. Was he really working right up to the end?