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9th Street Bridge with CSX railroad bridge, behind. | by cjp02
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9th Street Bridge with CSX railroad bridge, behind.

Seen on a passing visit July 28th, 2018. There are three bridges crossing the Wabash River, to the north of Lafayette, Indiana. The river bank and bridges can be accessed from the Davis Ferry Park, on the south side of the river, adjacent to 9th Street.


The central bridge is the modern 9th Street bridge. This is open to traffic on 9th Street.


To the west is the Davis Ferry bridge, It is made of a three span Pratt through truss construction, built in 1912, and bypassed in the 1970's. It is now open for pedestrian traffic only. From the park, there is a sandy path, towards the bridge, but you need to climb some steep log re-inforced steps to get up to the south end of the bridge. The north end of the bridge is level with the old, closed off, Davis Ferry Road.


To the east is the CSX railroad bridge, built in the 1900's. This single track railroad bridge suffered damage to North end in a derailment in 1924. Part of Monon's route from Michigan City or Chicago to Louisville. Amtrak crosses this structure daily. The bridge comprises 2 Lattice Through Truss spans in center, 2 Deck Girders sections on North end, 2 pony girders on South end.

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Taken on July 28, 2018