Fort Wayne Parks and Rec unveil finished Wells Street Bridge restoration
The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department celebrated the restoration of certain decorative parts on the historic Wells Street Bridge today (Tuesday).
The decorative “knee portals” had begun to deteriorate, with many of them missing the decorative iron parts all together.
Parks and Recreation Director Steve McDaniel said the Wells Street Bridge is an important part of Fort Wayne history and a major connection for the city.
“The way riverfront is developing, our downtown and our neighborhoods, it’s keeping that connectivity to our citizens.”
Nearly all of the decorative knee portals needed to be replaced. The restoration cost a little over $130,000, part of which was funded by a grant.
The Wells Street Bridge was built in 1884 by Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. It still functions today as a pedestrian bridge over the St. Mary’s River.