Aieee! How did I miss this? I live nearby and I had no idea.
The Indiana historic bridges program can be subject to horse trading, by which I mean that a Select bridge can go through a process to be classified as Non-Select under some circumstances. I know of a Select bridge in Shelby Co. with a collapsed arch where this is being pursued. I don't know that this is what happened to this bridge here. But I do know that when counties agree to protect select bridges, they can bypass burdensome and expensive federal processes when they want to remove or replace non-select bridges. If Marion County demolished this bridge without first getting it reclassified as Non-Select, they lose the right to bypass those processes.
This is a tragic loss and does certainly show that Indiana's Historic Bridge program still needs some work to try and prevent this from happening. I realize that space is limited there, but this one should have been bypassed at the very least.
This 1899 Melan Arch, one of the oldest concrete bridges in the country, has been demolished. This bridge was a Select Bridge under the Indiana Historic Bridge Management Plan, however as the photos I added to the gallery indicate, this is not a rehabilitation project and this indicates that Indiana's Management Plan does not prevent the demolition of bridges labeled as Select. The planned incorporation of the decorative stone facing design into the replacement bridge does not qualify as rehabilitation, nor does it qualify as replication, since the new bridge will not feature Melan type reinforcing.
First time I noticed, I loaded the wrong photos to this bridge. The plaque and the photo before it belong to a different bridge which I will have to figure out.