A plan by the Indiana Department of Transportation would split Clay County's Bowling Green Bridge relocate the historic iron span to Brown County.|
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Fight to preserve Clay County bridge continues
Efforts to keep Clay County Bridge No. 46 in place took a hit last month when the Clay County Commission changed its position and voted against taking ownership of the historic span near Bowling Green.
Indiana Landmarks and local preservation advocates have urged a solution that would preserve the 1933 double-span Parker thru-truss in place, repurposing it for pedestrian use in a new park with recreational access to the Eel River.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Department of Natural Resources have pushed a plan to remove the bridge, split the spans, and relocate each to a proposed trail in Brown County.
The split and move would result in the bridge’s removal from the National Register of Historic Places. Indiana Landmarks believes the plan would also violate the Indiana Historic Bridge Programmatic Agreement, a protocol designed to ensure that “select” bridges listed in or eligible for the National Register are preserved. The proposed split and relocation of the Bowling Green Bridge also establishes a dangerous precedent for other “select” bridges in the state.
On January 20, the Indiana Historic Preservation Review Board denied the plan to relocate the bridge, but INDOT plans to appeal the decision. Indiana Landmarks and local advocates will continue to argue for a solution that doesn’t strip Clay County of one of its landmark bridges.
Learn more about efforts to save and keep the Bowling Green Bridge in Clay County, and register your support by following the Bowling Green Bridge on its Facebook page.