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
BH Photo #400463
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.
- Concrete rigid frame pedestrian bridge over Unnamed Ravine
- Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana
- Open to pedestrians only
- Constructed in 1924 to allow children to cross ravine and attend Highland School
- - No public records of its design, funding or contractors.
- Reinforced Concrete piers, deck and 30" tall sidewalls; span gradients change slightly at piers, downhill from SE to NW (661 is high side elevation).
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)
- Land survey
- SE 1/4, Section 29-T23N-R4W
- 661 ft. above sea level
- Inventory number
- BH 78192 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- August 23, 2017: Added by Eric Fisher