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Bluegrass Creek Bridge

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Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Natural Resource, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

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Description 

This was a unique little structure with light Lattice Bedstead trusses composed largely of angles, shop-riveted into two sections and then bolted together on site. It featured an arched lower chord that I have not seen on another bedstead truss of any type. Likely constructed in the early twentieth century, the exact date and fabricator are unknown.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Lattice Bedstead pony truss bridge over Bluegrass Creek on East County Line Road
Location
Vanderburgh County, Indiana, and Warrick County, Indiana
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Replaced 1997
Design
Lattice Bedstead pony truss with an arched lower chord
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 62.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Also called
Vanderburgh County Bridge #81
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.06332, -87.47296   (decimal degrees)
38°03'48" N, 87°28'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/458510/4212945 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Daylight
Inventory numbers
INNBI 8200077 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 39679 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/1989)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 25.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1989)
100

Update Log 

  • August 6, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 6, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated truss type
  • August 6, 2016: Updated by Mike Daffron: Fixed coordinates
  • March 23, 2010: Updated by J.P.: updated bridge design
  • February 8, 2009: Added by James Baughn

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Comments 

Bluegrass Creek Bridge
Posted August 6, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge would have been just south of Kansas Bridge in Vandenburgh

co.

Bluegrass Creek Bridge
Posted August 6, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Oh, my goodnes, yes. I would be bringing back a few WIBCs, MVB&IS, CBW, etc...

Bluegrass Creek Bridge
Posted August 6, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

And even more unique Robert... I didn't realize until I read the report in SHAARD that this was a Bedstead!

If I could only turn back time 20 years!

Bluegrass Creek Bridge
Posted August 6, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well shucks, you don't see a Lattice truss with a curved bottom chord everyday...

Bluegrass Creek Bridge
Posted August 6, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's a shame that this bridge and the nearby Kansas Road span couldn't have "swapped" locations. Although the latter features a skew and needs to be saved before it is lost completely, it pales in comparison to this unique Lattice pony. I have yet to see another one like this!

Bluegrass Creek Bridge
Posted August 6, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge would have been just south of Kansas Bridge in Vandenburgh

co.