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Willis Family Bridge

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From car under bridge

Photo taken by Brenda Plassman in October 2016

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BH Photo #532826

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Description 

This iconic footbridge, the first of three similar pedestrian cable-stayed bridge on the Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne University (IPFW) campus, was originally named the Willis Family Bridge in honor of Don Willis, who had pledged to donate $3 million to the university. However, Willis reneged on his pledge in 2006, leading to IPFW removing his name from the Crescent Avenue footbridge.

Facts 

Overview
Cable-stayed bridge over Crescent Avenue on Pedestrian path
Location
Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 2003
Builder
- Kurt Heidenreich (Architect)
Design
Cable-stayed footbridge with an A-frame steel tower supporting a covered walkway over Crescent Avenue
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 247.1 ft.
Total length: 266.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.11587, -85.10449   (decimal degrees)
41°06'57" N, 85°06'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/659140/4553351 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 060115 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 98436 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 9, 2022: Added by Paul Plassman

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