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Darden Road Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Tony Dillon in August 2014

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BH Photo #292964

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Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Bypassed through truss bridge over St. Joseph River on Darden Road
Location
St. Joseph County, Indiana
Status
Open To Pedestrians
Future prospects
Restored for pedestrian use
History
Built 1885; rehabilitated 1907
Builder
- P.E. Lane of Chicago, Illinois
Design
Wrought-iron, pinned Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 128.9 ft.
Total length: 330.1 ft.
Deck width: 19.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.8 ft.
Also called
Water Street Bridge
County Bridge #5
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.73027, -86.26874   (decimal degrees)
41°43'49" N, 86°16'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/560816/4620087 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
South Bend West
Inventory numbers
INNBI 7100019 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 39638 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/1990)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 25.0 (out of 100)

Update Log 

  • December 2, 2014: New photo from Rick McOmber
  • September 3, 2014: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • April 19, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • January 14, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Builders.
  • March 18, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • February 8, 2009: Added by James Baughn

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Comments 

Darden Road Bridge
Posted December 5, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

So urban, and more than a buggy road. That makes sense.

Darden Road Bridge
Posted December 5, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Clark,

The bridge was originally built on La Salle Street and was a major crossing at the time for South Bend. The roadway is 19.4 feet on this bridge. Widths of this size, were common for bridges in urban locations in the 19th Century. The reason it stands out today, is because most bridges from this era that were built in urban locations have been demolished and replaced long ago (because urban bridges faced heavier traffic and wear and tear and needed to be replaced sooner). As a result, most 19th Century bridges today are rural bridges which typically had 11-16 foot roadways.

They actually needed wide bridges in urban locations even more than today, because traffic control was non-existent. Look at the chaos on the old Rush Street Bridge in Chicago (1893) http://www.historicbridges.org/truss/michiganavenue/rush2_la...

And here's an 1893 bridge thats 21 feet c-c of trusses: http://bridgehunter.com/ct/fairfield/turn-of-river-rd/

Darden Road Bridge
Posted December 4, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Any thoughts on why a "buggy bridge" is so wide?