BF&S Civil Engineers

Central Avenue over Fall Creek

Indianapolis, IN
City of Indianapolis


The Central Avenue Bridge is a character-defining feature of the historic Indianapolis Parks and Boulevard System.  The structure was originally built in 1899 and set the tone for four additional bridges to be constructed along Fall Creek Parkway.  Over the
course of a century, the bridge had critically deteriorated.  Its unique stone arches, railings, and spandrel walls had weakened to the point that replacement was required.  The team of BF&S and United Consulting formulated a distinctive plan to replace the bridge while preserving many of the more unique characteristics.  The bridge’s historical significance required expert craftsmanship from the design and inspection team to ensure the bridge remains an integral component of Indianapolis’s cultural landscape.


ACEC (American Council of
Engineering Companies)
Honor Award