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Bicycle Bridge

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Bicycle Bridge

Looking south at pier and ravine, many residents of Lafayette do not know this remote and enigmatically built pedestrian bridge exists.

Photo taken by Eric Fisher in 8-17

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BH Photo #400463

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Description 

Possibly Indiana's first purpose-built concrete pedestrian bridge (1924), the informally named Bicycle Bridge is a challenge for bridge hunters to find as it is located in an apparent 10' wide right-of-way between and behind residences at the intersection of Wea Avenue and Highland Avenue at its south end and Shawnee Avenue at its north end.

A well-kept secret in the historic Highland Park neighborhood for many years, the City of Lafayette rehabilitated this publicly accessible bridge with structural work and concrete surface restoration around 2010.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete rigid frame pedestrian bridge over Unnamed Ravine
Location
Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Constructed in 1924 to allow children to cross ravine and attend Highland School
Builder
- No public records of its design, funding or contractors.
Design
Reinforced Concrete piers, deck and 30" tall sidewalls; span gradients change slightly at piers, downhill from SE to NW (661 is high side elevation).
Dimensions
Total length: 138.8 ft.
Deck width: 5.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.40739, -86.88930   (decimal degrees)
40°24'27" N, 86°53'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/509392/4472980 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lafayette West
Land survey
SE 1/4, Section 29-T23N-R4W
Elevation
661 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 78192 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 23, 2017: Added by Eric Fisher

Sources 

  • Eric Fisher