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Shelby Bridge (1914-Original)

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Historic photo provided by C. James Seitzinger

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BH Photo #527208

Description 

Originally built in 1914 as a 4-span structure across the swampy Kankakee River. After the river was dredged and channelized between 1917 and 1922, 2 of the spans were placed side-by-side to form a 2-lane bridge. The other 2 spans were relocated by Newton County to crossings over the Iroquois River, with one likely being on Lake Kenoyer Road.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over Kankakee River on Shelby-Thayer Road (Now SR-55)
Location
Newton County, Indiana, and Lake County, Indiana
Status
No longer exists
History
Built 1914; Reduced to side-by-side single spans between 1917 and 1922, with the other 2 spans reused elsewhere.
Builders
- Olo E. Nichols (Contractor)
- Rochester Bridge Co. of Rochester, Indiana (Fabricator)
Design
(4)8-panel,pinned Camelback through trusses
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 600.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.18248, -87.34020   (decimal degrees)
41°10'57" N, 87°20'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/471468/4559070 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 97315 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 24, 2022: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added categories "8-panel truss", "Kankakee River", "Pin-connected", "One-lane traffic"

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