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Garfield Park Conservatory Drive Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Tony Dillon in August 2011

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BH Photo #208794

Map 

Street Views 

Description 

The most prominent of the many spans in this park.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over Pleasant Run on Garfield Park Conservatory Drive in Indianapolis
Location
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1907
Design
Arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 70.8 ft.
Total length: 71.8 ft.
Deck width: 19.3 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.73611, -86.14722   (decimal degrees)
39°44'10" N, 86°08'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/573072/4398816 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Maywood
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
1,155
Inventory numbers
INNBI 4900314 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16560 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 46.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Categories 

Arch (11,362)
Built 1907 (614)
Built during 1900s (6,450)
Closed-spandrel arch (3,678)
Deck arch (10,586)
Have street view (23,412)
Indiana (4,228)
Indianapolis, Indiana (149)
Marion County, Indiana (180)
Open (37,511)
Owned by city (4,663)
Park (270)
Select (534)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,111)
Structurally deficient (18,386)
Total length 50-75 feet (8,625)

Update Log 

  • October 12, 2013: New Street View added by Brent Tindall
  • December 30, 2012: New photos from J.P.
  • November 22, 2011: Updated by J.P.: updated design
  • August 15, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added information

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Comments 

Garfield Park Conservatory Drive Bridge
Posted August 15, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I wondered that myself Nathan.

The difference in the color of the concrete might lead one to suspect. Perhaps it originally had very low railings and these were added when some of the other park spans were built in the 20's.

Garfield Park Conservatory Drive Bridge
Posted August 15, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Nice bridge, the stone-shaped formliner design is a classic detail from the earliest concrete bridges. Do you think the railings are original or are a few decades newer than the original arch?