While the bridge seen today lacks historic significance, it is a rather interesting story in addressing the ever-increasing traffic needs of busy I-75. The timeline of the bridge is as follows:
1946: A new deck truss bridge is completed by Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio to serve US-25. This bridge features concrete piers with gothic arches.
1963: A companion bridge, reportedly of similar design, is built next to the existing bridge to convert the bridge to serve the new interstate highway, I-75. This bridge features concrete piers with more simple appearance, and simple rectangular openings inside.
1998: A third pier of solid design and simple appearance is added in between the two piers of the bridges, and at this time both truss superstructures were demolished and replaced with a single new superstructure, a deck truss with four truss lines, effectively turning what was once two bridges with two lanes each into a single six lane bridge. These trusses follow the same Warren truss configuration as previous bridges, but lacking any rivets or built-up beams.
Anyone unfamiliar with this story would likely wonder why the piers under the bridge look so weird!
Above: Postcard showing original bridge.
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