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Vigo County Bridge No. 139, Spanning Sugar Creek at Seventy-fourth Place, Terre Haute, Vigo County, IN
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Spanning Sugar Creek at Seventy-fourth Place, Terre Haute vicinity, IN
Find maps of Terre Haute, IN
Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER IN-83
Significance: Bridge No. 139, over Sugar Creek on 74th Place, the Indiana/Illinois state line is locally significant as an example of early 20th century reinforced concrete bridge design and construction. The work of the Terre Haute engineer, George Grimes, who was well-known for his work in Vigo County, it utilizes known design elements in an aesthetically pleasing manner. The bridge was built as a mutual project between two county councils and a local township, who shared funding responsibilities.
Concrete Arch Bridges
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
8. Another environmental view, from the northern bridge approach looking south along 74th Place, through the roadbed. Grain fields which have been harvested can be seen in the background. The bridge's characteristic profile and balustrade are prominent.
9. A photograph, looking southwest, from the sand bar on the east side of the bridge. This image shows the west abutment, including the mold marks which remained from the timber forms. Leaching and cracking are also visible along the arch ring.
10. View looking northwest from the sand bar on the east side of the bridge. This photograph of the northeast abutment shows cracks and efflorescence which as developed at the edge of the arch entrados. These effects show the thickness of the arch casting as it is contained by the spandrels and abutment.
11. Looking northwest from the southeast bank. This medium close-up image of the east elevation of the bridge shows that very little camber has developed in these castings in 83 years.
12. A view taken from the southwest bank looking northeast. This medium close-up image of the west facade of the bridge reveals a vertical fault which has developed through the abutment and the balustrade.
13. Looking north, from the southern approach to the bridge. The bridge deck, which is concrete with several patch coats of asphalt (now chiefly gravel and some turf), demonstrates a sharp gradient from the abutment to the bridge center line.
14. This view, looking north east from the southern approach to the bridge, is a detail of the southeast abutment. It shows the sequence of concrete castings which were necessary to achieve the curb, curb coping, the balustrade and its coping. A portion of the original concrete bridge deck is visible.
15. Detail looking west from the bridge roadbed, showing the face of the west parapet and demonstrating the ghosts of the form work. The coping was cast independent of the balusters.
16. A close-up detail, looking northeast of the concrete coping at the southeast corner of the bridge. Beveled curved corner finishing is apparent.
17. A close-up detail, looking east from the northeast corner of the roadbed. This image shows the concrete commemorative inscription which is let into the inside of the eastern balustrade at the north end of the bridge. The name of one of the county commissioners has been chiselled out of the inscription. The parting fault between the parapet and its coping is evident.
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