With a length of over 100 feet, this is a very long pony truss span. The visual result of that fact is a very tall and impressive pony truss bridge. The bridge is composed of built-up beams although there is no lattice or v-lacing except under the top chord and end post which is v-laced. The bridge is a rare surviving example of a bridge built by the Elkhart Bridge and Iron Company. Original railings do not remain on the bridge and have been replaced by Armco guardrails which are not properly mounted so as to protect the superstructure from collision damage. Properly mounted guardrails is essential not only to preserve the historic bridge, but also to ensure maximum bridge safety.
This bridge is also a relatively early polygonal Warren pony truss, since most Warren truss bridges with a polygonal top chord date to 1920 and later.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, rural setting.
The 6-panel, 105'-long, riveted Parker pony truss bridge is supported on concrete abutments. The members are built up. The flooring system was replaced/modified using what appears to be salvaged material in 1987. There are no innovative or distinctive details.
The riveted Parker pony truss bridge was designed by R. M. Strohl (plans undated) and fabricated by the Elkhart Bridge & Iron Co. (shop drawings dated 1916).
Summary of Significance
The Parker thru truss bridge was built in 1916 and is a later example of what was by 1916 a very common bridge type and design. The bridge is traditionally composed and exhibits no innovative or distinctive
details, other than some detailing at the gusset plates which is equally well represented by longer and/or earlier bridges. It is representative of a bridge type and design as well as methods of fabrication that had been used for
span lengths greater than 100' since the last quarter of the 19th century.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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