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Ash Road Bridge

Photos 

A View Of The Bridge Which Demonstrates The Length Of The Causeway. Looking East, From Upriver, South Side

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #155157

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Street Views 

Description 

The County Line Bridge, in the vicinity of Osceola, Elkhart County, is significant as an example of early 20th century reinforced concrete bridge design and construction. It utilizes known design elements in an aesthetically pleasing and structurally interesting manner. It also represents an unusual example of a mutual project between two county councils, in which funding, contracting and design decisions were arranged through a special joint board. Further, it is the work of a master, the South Bend engineer, William S. Moore. In discussing the significance of this bridge, Patrick R. Ralston, Indiana's State Historic Preservation Officer has said: "In our opinion, the SR 219 bridge over the St. Joseph River in Elkhart County is of local significance. This three-span, open-spandrel concrete arch bridge with its long, filled causeway is architecturally significant in the Elkhart County-St. Joseph County area."

- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over St. Joseph River on Ash Road
Location
St. Joseph County, Indiana, and Elkhart County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1929; rehabilitated 1995
Builder
- William S. Moore of South Bend, Indiana
Design
Open-spandrel Arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 89.9 ft.
Total length: 284.0 ft.
Deck width: 49.9 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
County Line Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.68009, -86.06135   (decimal degrees)
41°40'48" N, 86°03'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/578125/4614683 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Osceola
Inventory numbers
INNBI 7100119 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17051 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2014)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 81.7 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
16,443

Update Log 

  • January 19, 2015: Updated by Dave King: Added builder & HAER description
  • February 20, 2011: New Street View added by Jodi Christman
  • February 20, 2011: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added Elkhart County
  • February 21, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Adjusted GPS coordinates
  • February 14, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Alternate name, Design and HAER data

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