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Portals

Photo taken 2005 by Chris Light

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Driving across

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Bridges after Rehabilitation in 2008

Photo taken by J.P. in March 2009

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Looking South

Photo taken by James McCray

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Between the Bridges

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Closeup of Southbound Truss

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Closeup of Northbound Truss

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Both Trusses

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Deck View (Northbound Truss)

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From a Distance

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Closeup of Both Trusses

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Closeup of Northbound Truss

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Description 

According to a 1937 article there are 97 spans in the 1932 bridge with 47 in the "bridge proper". The traffic lanes are 30 foot wide with a two foot walkway. "The idea of constructing a bridge to replace the inadequate ferry was so popular with the people of Vanderburgh county that they put up a sum of money equivalent to one-fourth the cost of construction. The remaining portion of Indiana's half was supplied by the state itself, Kentucky furnishing the remainder." Total cost was $2,142,876 for the 1932 bridge said Bob Schaub in "EVANSVILLE-HENDERSON SPAN" in the March 1948 "Outdoor Indiana".

Facts 

Overview
Pair of cantilevered through truss bridges over the Ohio River on US 41. Rehabilitated 2008
Location
Henderson County, Kentucky
Status
Open to traffic
History
Northbound bridge built 1932; southbound built 1965
Builder
- Modjeski and Masters
Design
Cantilevered through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 720.0 ft.
Total length: 5,393.6 ft.
Deck width: 29.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 19.8 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
John James Audubon Bridge (official name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.90417, -87.55056   (decimal degrees)
37°54'15" N, 87°33'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/451599/4195325 (zone/easting/northing)
USGS topographic map
Evansville South
Inventory numbers
KY 051-B00002R (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18816 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2008)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 73.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
19,000

Update Log 

  • September 1, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Modjeski and Masters added so it would match catigory
  • August 23, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Added Builder and discrtption information.
  • March 14, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added Google Street View.
  • February 23, 2010: Updated by J.P.: The indiana state line starts about a half mile after the bridge so its only in henderson county kentucky
  • February 23, 2010: Updated by Kim Harvey: added county: Vanderburgh
  • March 31, 2009: New photos from James McCray
  • March 29, 2009: New photo from J.P.
  • August 21, 2006: Posted photos from Chris Light

Sources 

  • Chris Light - CJKADJ [at] juno [dot] com
  • J.P.
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Kim Harvey
  • Bill Eichelberger - wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com

Comments 

Evansville Bridge
Posted August 23, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Modjeski & Masters got credit for designing the 1932 span but I don't know about the newer span.

Evansville Bridge
Posted February 23, 2010, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thankyou J.P. for showing me these bridges. I can understand why you love these bridges. Now as for your last comment on these bridges, it would seem to the people who read it that you love these bridges so much that you were "born" on them......hmmmmmmmm???? Now tell everyone the rest of the story.

Evansville Bridge
Posted February 23, 2010, by J.P.

i love these bridges, I use to live about an hour south of evansville, but anytime we would go to the zoo we would cross these. I use to call these the twins on the river.

Evansville Bridge
Posted August 2, 2007, by Pamela B urch Matthews (pammatthews2820 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My grandfather, AV Burch Sr lobbied for many years and finally was successful after being appointed to the Indiana highway commission, in getting the State of Indiana and Kentucky to construct the bridge from Evansville to Henerson. The complaint from Kentucky was that their residents would cross the bridge to shop and spend money in Evansville.

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Evansville Bridge
Posted January 11, 2007, by handysmurf7800 (handysmurf7800 [at] gmail dot com)

We used to call these the "singing" bridges. They used to have some sort of metal links for the road bed and made a funny sound when you drove over them.

But the metal is gone and now it has a concrete roadbed.