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Iron Bridge Road - Petersburg Bridge

Photos 

Bridge with final paint coat

Photo Courtesy Bach Steel

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BH Photo #498375

Facts 

Overview
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Prides Creek on Old IN-56 (Water Street) (Pedestrian Walkway)
Location
Petersburg, Pike County, Indiana
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built in 1875 by William T. Washer using the Smith Bridge Company's "Iron Arch #1 Design". Relocated to Petersburg in 2021
Builders
- BACH Steel of St. Johns, Michigan (Restoration)
- Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio (Design and Fabrication)
- William T. Washer (Abutments and Erection)
Design
Wrought iron bowstring pony truss.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 92.5 ft.
Total length: 94.2 ft.
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
Also called
Petersburg Bowstring Bridge
CR 650 E - Patoka River Bridge
Survant Bridge
Pike County Bridge #150
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.48776, -87.28586   (decimal degrees)
38°29'16" N, 87°17'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/475069/4259973 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 92420 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 21, 2021: New photos from Garrett DiDomizio
  • May 12, 2021: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • April 23, 2021: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • April 2, 2021: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • April 1, 2021: New photos from Grant DiDomizio
  • March 18, 2021: Added by Nathan Holth

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Nathan Holth
  • Grant DiDomizio - grantdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Garrett DiDomizio - garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Iron Bridge Road - Petersburg Bridge
Posted August 21, 2021, by Garrett DiDomizio (garrettdidomizio [at] gmail [dot] com)

Lovely restoration, miss the scenery that it used to be by, but glad it was saved. Also would have loved to see wood decking like it would have had as a road bridge, but I understand the use of the composite as it should last longer.

Iron Bridge Road - Petersburg Bridge
Posted April 23, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

White is only the intermediate coat... Nels says he believes the final color is Grey. I inspected a bridge that was painted White and it's nothing short of dingy looking now.

Iron Bridge Road - Petersburg Bridge
Posted April 23, 2021, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nels/Nathan,

So much nicer in white than in 'rust'! Congratulations on completing the metalwork! I hope the railing is subtle and decking is elegant.

Regards,

Art S.

Iron Bridge Road - Petersburg Bridge
Posted March 22, 2021, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I'm happy I got to see it in its original location and walk across it for my birthday. I am equally excited to make a visit to see it completely restored.

Iron Bridge Road - Petersburg Bridge
Posted March 22, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Art,

Yes, the bridge will be painted.

Iron Bridge Road - Petersburg Bridge
Posted March 18, 2021, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is only around 7 miles from the Dongola bridges and maybe 5 from the Flat Creek pony. While your in Petersburg, check out the Gil Hodges Mural in downtown. Cool road trip.

Iron Bridge Road - Petersburg Bridge
Posted March 18, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nathan,

Thanks for posting!

I second Tony's comment!

Will the bridge be painted?

Regards,

Art S.

Iron Bridge Road - Petersburg Bridge
Posted March 18, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Awesome to see it minus all of the added "junk". Will look forward to a visit when it's complete!

Iron Bridge Road - Petersburg Bridge
Posted March 18, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I created a 2nd page for this bridge for its new home. Nels Raynor (Bach Steel) sent me photos of the assembly in progress in Petersburg. Dimensions shown on this new page match the dimensions of the bridge as shown on Jim Barker's plans.