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Pretty Prairie Road-Tippecanoe River Bridge



Photo taken Oct. 2006 by Tom Hall

BH Photo #103003


Street View 


Four-span concrete arch bridge over Tippecanoe River on Pretty Prairie Road
Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1925; rehabilitated 1977; rehabilitated 2010
Filled-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 96.1 ft.
Total length: 378.8 ft.
Deck width: 23.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Hog Point Bridge
County Bridge #151
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.54240, -86.76427   (decimal degrees)
40°32'33" N, 86°45'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/519961/4487987 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2003)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 7900102 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17109 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 90.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • October 21, 2013: New Street View added by Brent Tindall
  • May 6, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added alternate name
  • November 2, 2006: Posted photo from Tom Hall

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County bridge getting $2.3 million makeover
Posted May 6, 2010, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)

Text from the article in the May 6, 2010, Lafayette Journal & Courier:

By DOROTHY SCHNEIDER dschneider@jconline.com May 6, 2010

Construction crews are giving the Hog Point Bridge in northern Tippecanoe County a makeover, inside and out.

Nearly everything except the historic arches is being redone on the bridge that takes Pretty Prairie Road across the Tippecanoe River near Americus.

"It's going to be a spectacularly beautiful bridge when it's finished," said Bill Isom, general manager of Jack Isom Construction, the Reynolds-based company working on the project.

Work began at the site early this year, but has really taken off since March. The crews have until May 2011 to finish the support work and lay a new bridge deck, but Isom said it could be done earlier.

Tippecanoe County is paying for the $2.3 million project with money from the cumulative bridge fund, said Highway Director Opal Kuhl.

In addition to the bridge rehabilitation work, crews will be making safety improvements at the intersection of Pretty Prairie and Grant roads.

Grant Road will be moved a couple hundred feet to the east, curving out slightly to improve sight distances for drivers.

"Coming out on the east side (of that road) drivers are taking their lives into their own hands," Isom said of the current arrangement.

Linda Ruhlander, who lives on Pretty Prairie Road right near the bridge, said the ongoing construction is a pain. But she's looking forward to the bridge being redone.

Right now, though, she said listening to jackhammers and having to take a major detour around the closed bridge is "a major inconvenience."

For his part, Isom is thrilled to be working on the project. He said arch bridge rehabilitation work is rare in the state.

"In the early 1900s, arches were in their heyday," he said. "But now a lot of times (transportation officials) just decide to tear them down instead of rebuilding them. Sometimes it's just not practical to save them."

On the Hog Point Bridge, workers are refilling the arch supports with "slag," a byproduct of steel mills that is lighter than the soil used in the past to fill such structures.

Since the new bridge deck will be wider than the old one, Isom said it was necessary for weight to be removed elsewhere from the bridge structure. H. Stewart Kline & Associates, the Lafayette-based project designer, "made it come out to the same weight as before."

"They spent a lot of time figuring all that out," Isom added. "It's not only going to be beautiful, it's going to be safe."