White River Freight Railroad Bridge
This rail project will replace a 115-year-old White River open-deck steel-through-truss design freight railroad bridge constructed in 1899 in rural Greene County.
Because of its condition, the bridge currently has weight and speed restrictions in place. In less than 10 years, this bridge would have been closed to all rail traffic. The closure of this bridge would force the use of less efficient and more costly alternative transportation modes and routings. Current shippers impacted by this closure include the rail-dependent Naval Support Activity (NSA) Crane Department of Defense munitions depot, mines, utilities, and agricultural producers.
The 1,271-foot long replacement bridge has an estimated design and construction cost of $13.8 million, which is being funded by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Indiana Rail Road (INRD), and INDOT. The FRA is providing a fiscal year 2013 TIGER Discretionary Grant in the amount of $8.25 million.
INDOT serves as the grantee of the TIGER Grant and is responsible for performing project management and oversight roles including financial expenditures, while providing project progress reporting to the FRA.
This Project creates a long-lived (100 years) transportation asset that enables long-term corridor capacity improvements in terms of weight (286,000 lb. railcars), speed (up to 40 MPH/FRA Class III) and clearance (up to equipment meeting American Association of Railroads Plate H requirements).
The INRD has been in coordination with both Purdue University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology regarding use of steel from the bridge for university research. Project contractor OCCI will remove and safely stockpile specified sections of the steel-through-trusses. University personnel will identify specific joints, eyebar members, built-up top chord members and other bridge components from the three 150-foot long spans for acquisition for research purposes.