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Monterey Tippecanoe River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Satolli Glassmeyer

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BH Photo #110130

Map 

Description 

Replaced a WIBCo. Pratt through truss built in 1879.

A possible factor in this bridge being preserved was the identification of a colony of endangered Clubshell Mussels found in the river below. The bypass bridge had to be built with only one span to avoid interfering with their habitat.

https://www.fws.gov/westvirginiafieldoffice/images/ES/clubsh...

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Tippecanoe River on CR 625 East in Monterey
Location
Monterey, Pulaski County, Indiana
Status
Open to pedestrians only, New UCEB built on East side of this structure.
Future prospects
To be bypassed with a new bridge in 2013. According to project plans this bridge will apparently be left standing next to its replacement and is to be used for pedestrians.
History
Built 1948
Builders
- Boyd E. Phelps Co. of Michigan City, Indiana
- Ruckman-Hansen, Inc. of Fort Wayne, Indiana
Design
Riveted polygonal Warren pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 124.0 ft.
Total length: 132.8 ft.
Deck width: 19.7 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Clubshell Mussel Bridge (Whimsical name)
Pulaski Bridge #291
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.15861, -86.48194   (decimal degrees)
41°09'31" N, 86°28'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/543464/4556493 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Culver
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
540
Inventory numbers
INNBI 6600152 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 16900 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 36.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 28, 2020: New photos from Jen Savage
  • September 15, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Builders per Dr. James Cooper Database
  • September 15, 2014: Updated by James Norwood: updated status
  • September 27, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge is to be bypassed.

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Comments 

Monterey Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted June 28, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I added a little information about the critically endangered (and thus federally protected) Clubshell Mussels. A colony was found to be living in the stream below this bridge, and may have even played a part in it's preservation. The new bridge had to be built as a single-span to prevent construction work in the stream.

Monterey Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted June 28, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Love the photos Jen !

Monterey Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted June 28, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Great pix, Jen! Pulaski Co is one of my future/soon destinations. Glad to see it still in place

Monterey Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted June 28, 2020, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

Found this bridge yesterday totally by chance. So glad to see they kept this lovely bridge when they built the new one beside it. Took some photos, which I will add soon!

Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted August 13, 2013, by J. Denton

The truss bridge is being replaced and a new bridge is being built beside it.