At a July 1915 letting, the Shelby county commissioners awarded contracts for the superstructure of this bridge to the Central States Bridge Company of Indianapolis for $3,800, and for the substructure to Craig Construction Company of Decatur county for $2,099. The Hester Bridge was included in a list of four bridges to be painted by Verlie O. Fox in July 1921, in this particular case for $88. It was repainted in 1927 by Ray Heck as part of a combination contract for six bridges. Each girder has seven plates about 6-feet high with stiffeners added at the plate joints. The flange ends are rounded, and the top flanges are reinforced with a cover plate. Bolted to the stiffeners, I floor-beams support the deck. Central States, a prolific Indiana bridge fabricator, built many girders in the state. This structure is a quite long and intact example of the firm's design for the period. References Butler, Fairman and Seufert, Inc., Bridge Inspection Report: Shelby County (Indianapolis, 1973). United Consulting Engineers, Inc., Bridge Reinspection Report For Shelby County (Indianapolis, 1978). bridge nameplate. Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory, Shelby County: Interim Report (Indianapolis, 1992), 37-38. Shelby County, "Commissioners Record," S: 418-420; T: 262, 512-513.
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Little Blue River on CR 500N