The old bridge on Lafayette Road (old US 52) is now half gone.

Week Three

Bridge bits are piling up everywhere! Check out all that twisted rebar.

Week Three

I wish so many bridge bits didn’t have to end up in Eagle Creek.

Week Three

Calling my smarts into question, I climbed up an unstable and shifting pile of debris to get a better perspective for this photo. I can’t get enough of seeing the tops of the bridge’s arches, but I’ll bet that when I return next week, they’ll be gone.

Week Three

Workers have built a ramp of earth on the north shore that lets them move their equipment in and out. I wonder if the two horizontal surfaces that jut out from the earth on the left are former driving surfaces. If so, the road used to be a lot lower than it is now!

Week Three

I stepped out onto the west railing for a closer look.

Week Three

While I was there on Saturday, not only did the man near the center of the shot above come out for a look, but so did a man with two children who couldn’t have been older than six or seven. Guess it’s not every day you get to see a bridge half torn out!

See the rest of this bridge’s demolition! See the intact bridge, the deck removed, and the entire bridge removed.

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4 responses to “Half gone”

  1. Kado Downs Avatar
    Kado Downs

    Was that a Luten Bridge?

    What a shame, nonetheless.

    Great pics!

    1. Jim Avatar

      I’m not positive, but I don’t think it was a Luten bridge. The shape of the arches wasn’t like those of Luten bridges I’ve seen. The real shame here is that Marion County didn’t maintain this bridge well, allowing it to fall into such poor condition!

  2. Lone Primate Avatar
    Lone Primate

    What a remarkable series of shots. Someone just like you, someday, is going to pour over these shots in disbelief, a little envy, and real gratitude that you made it possible for him/her to see what once was but is no more.

    Oh, hey, are you at all interested in recording left-right pairs that can be used to portray the scenes in three dimensions?

    1. Jim Avatar

      I’m just glad people like them now!

      I don’t see in 3-D (long story) so stereo photography holds no fascination for me.

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