John T Camden is a family owned and operated business, it was started in 1948 by current President Bernadene Boggs. The company was gradually taken over and ran for many years by Bernadene’s parents, Mary Bethand John Camden. Bernadene came to work for the company in 1988, and has been handling day to day operations since 2009.
John T Camden has the capability to completely disassemble a variety of iron and steel truss bridges. We then repair and straighten any members that need attention, or replace those that are beyond repair. We have the experience and skill to conduct the work with a high degree of historical accuracy. Once the restoration work is completed, we will reassemble and place the bridge.
Two recent projects include the bridge over the White River in Strawtown Koteewi Park in Hamilton county, and the Freedom Bridge relocation over the Hoosier Heartland Highway in Delphi.
The Hamilton County park project saw the restoration and bringing together of two different bridges of different truss types. One was a Pratt through truss originally from Wayne County, and the second was a rare Triple intersection Warren through truss from Washington County. Unfortunately, the bridges were not long enough to span the river , so John T Camden fabricated, from the original plans, a replica of a long-demolished Hamilton County girder type bridge.
The Hoosier Heartland Highway project in Delphi saw the restoration and relocation of a Pennsylvania through truss bridge originally located in Freedom, In. The Hoosier Heartland Highway project in had severed the The Monon Trail there. The bridge was originally set to be reassembled at Connor Prairie, but when that project changed, the bridge went to Delphi to reconnect the Monon Trail.
Next year John T Camden Construction Company will celebrate its 70th anniversary. Much of this time has been spent successfully preserving our Hoosier heritage, while improving our transportation infrastructure.
It is also worth noting that several of these spans were marketed through INDOT’s Historic Bridges marketing program. If you know a group that may be interested in a bridge, the available bridges can be viewed at www.in.gov/indot/2532.htm