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Lost Bridge

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Photo taken by Tom Hall

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Link to Iron Bridges Festival 

Written by James Norwood

http://www.ironbridgefestival.com/index.html

Facts 

Overview
2-span riveted Pratt through truss bridge over Eel River on CR 100 East
Location
Miami County, Indiana
Status
Closed
History
Built 1920 by the Rochester Bridge Co.
Builder
- Rochester Bridge Co. of Rochester, Indiana
Design
2-span, 7-panel riveted Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 111.8 ft.
Total length: 229.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.5 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Bridge # 28
Eikenberry bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.85528, -86.05583   (decimal degrees)
40°51'19" N, 86°03'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/579579/4523120 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Peru
Inventory numbers
INNBI 5200022 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16644 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2007)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 20.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
125

Update Log 

  • April 19, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated truss design
  • September 6, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to closed.
  • October 19, 2010: Updated by James Norwood: Corrected build date
  • January 30, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • April 28, 2009: Essay added by James Norwood
  • February 5, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • June 23, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: common name, builder, and truss type

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Comments 

Lost Bridge: B-28
Posted October 31, 2014, by Kenneth Einselen (in52engr [at] miamicountyin [dot] gov)

This two span through truss was built in Miami County in 1919. The truss was made by the Rochester Bridge Company, Rochester, Indiana. The two spans are each 112 feet in length for an overall structure length of 230 feet.

The bridge was completed before the roadway when the Miami County Council enacted a moratorium on building roads. The roadway may have been built in 1925 as County Unit Road #3.

Included are some photos of the steel used in construction the bridge, the center pier, pack rust on the one of the members, damage to the deck.

Attachment #1 (application/pdf; 71,690 bytes)

Lost Bridge
Posted September 2, 2014, by Guy McAlister (mac19ind [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I would not suggest anyone walking on the bridge any longer.The bridge deck is beginning to rot away. You may be interested to know that there was a double arch truss bridge at Chili over the Eel River,at the south edge of the town.It was replaced by a new bridge in the late 1970's.Also,if you go to the north end of the bridge, walk down the bridge embankment on the west side and continue westward along the Eel river for a short distance.Look to your right and you will see the last remnant of the Winona Railroad bridge over the Eel River.It is the north end support of the old railroad bridge.I grew up in Chili.Know all about it.My grandfather worked on the Winona many years.

Lost Bridge
Posted May 24, 2014, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited Lost Bridge on May 2, 2014 and took a few pictures.

Lost Bridge
Posted April 1, 2014, by Richard Johnson (greybeard50 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My son and I visited this bridge today 4/01/2014. It is still closed, but walkable. It's obvious that it was partially built off-site and assembled on. A tribute to early technology and building practice. The long pieces are riveted with the corners bolted. A handsome survivor in a peaceful setting.

Lost Bridge
Posted March 2, 2010, by Bob Hammitt (bobhammitt [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That is great, I am glad to hear that! Any idea on when it will be rehabed?

Lost Bridge
Posted February 28, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My understanding is that this bridge is scheduled to be rehabbed.

Lost Bridge
Posted February 28, 2010, by Bob Hammitt (bobhammitt [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It was sad to see this bridge closed! I hope they preserve these treasures! Photos attached are from 2-27-10

Lost Bridge
Posted February 24, 2009, by Steven Mitchell (sjmitchell [at] my [dot] trine [dot] edu)

I looked for this bridge. I couldn't find it.