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.
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.
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.
That is great, I am glad to hear that! Any idea on when it will be rehabed?
My understanding is that this bridge is scheduled to be rehabbed.
It was sad to see this bridge closed! I hope they preserve these treasures! Photos attached are from 2-27-10
I looked for this bridge. I couldn't find it.