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Love the name...
I was happy to see a new floor installed on the bridge when I was there last month. The deck that was installed during the rehab in 2006 was in terrible shape apparently due to the wood being too green and not properly seasoned. It had warped and split and was getting almost dangerous to drive on.
I also got to see this one on my visit to Warrick County--it's a beauty! I was standing on it when a Jeep went across. Lots of bouncing, but it carried the load well!
I'm a big kid at heart... but promise it's not on my wall!
Thanks for the back story. I hope the sign remains secured this time. It's a beautiful bridge that hopefully I'll get to visit someday. It's only 5 hours away from me.
Tony, despite the pronunciation, I can still see that plaque hanging on some kid's wall. :)
Thank you for the information Bob... It would seem that the Boner name is well deserved.
The Boners were land owners to the west and north in the 1880 Warrick County atlas, Nathan Pyeatt had property at the time there too. In the 1899 atlas it appears the Boners had expanded and the Pyeatts had left. (on the Warrick side anyway)
Ben, I visited this beauty on Labor Day weekend and learned that it is actually pronounced as if it were spelled BONNER.
...There goes the 10 minutes worth of Stand-up I had for this span! (Pun fully intended)
I would like to find out where this name came from since historically this span is known as the Pyeatt's Mill Bridge.
With a name like Boner Bridge, I can see why there is a high demand for teenagers to steal the sign.
The plaques have been replaced now and they did a better job mounting them this time. I guess the name is a bit more then some teenagers can stand though.
We had problems in Michigan at Historic Bridge Park with vandals taking the signs. The key is to attach them with irreversible attachments. The pictured sign is metal attached to metal pole. I would just weld it on.
However, it is my strong opinion that attaching such a sign to the bridge itself is inappropriate because both photographers and historians do not like a historic bridge to be cluttered with modern elements. The AASHTO required weight limit and clearance signs are clutter enough.
Here is a rather extreme example of a poorly placed interpretive sign: http://www.bridgehunter.com/ri/kent/8420/
Why were the plaques at each end of the bridge fastened down with a single set screw? I live just a mile from this bridge and visit quite often with my 2 sons. I told my wife the day they set the plaques that some vandal would walk away with them if they were ONLY going to fasten them with a single set screw. My suggestion IF these plaques are to ever be replaced... place them at the cross braces at the top of the bridge and secure them ALOT better.
This bridge has been completly rehabilitated in 2006
Bridge is undergoing repairs at this time