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Liberty Street Bridge

Liberty Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 25, 2021

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Liberty Street Over Yellow Creek
Amsterdam: Jefferson County, Ohio: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Rainbow Through Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1928 By Builder/Contractor: Luten Bridge Company of York, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

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Main Span Length
66 Feet (20.1 Meters)
Structure Length
73 Feet (22.3 Meters)
Roadway Width
18 Feet (5.49 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This bridge has been altered, resulting in a severe loss of historic integrity and significance!

Bridge Status: This bridge's arches were made decorative only by addition of modern load-bearing concrete beams.

Although altered with load-bearing beams, the original arch ribs of this rare Luten rainbow arch remain in place. Daniel Luten and the companies who built his patented bridges typically promoted the use of deck arch bridges (rather than through arches like this bridge) because they could be easilly widened in the future if traffic needs increase. There are very few examples like this where a Luten company built a rainbow arch bridge.

The bridge sits on stone abutments from a previous bridge.

This bridge was severely altered in 2000 when it was essentially replaced with a pre-stressed concrete bridge. The original arches were retained on the replacement bridge as non-functional decorations. The sidewalks, which are visually out of scale with the bridge, are not original, and were added at this time. Despite the alteration, this bridge is (surprisingly) still considered eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

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The bridge carries a 2 lane street and sidewalks over a stream in a setting of period houses and commercial buildings, bother period and modern, in the small town of Amsterdam. A railroad crosses at grade at the west end of the vehicular bridge.

Physical Description

The 1 span, 73'-long rainbow (thru) arch bridge was originally placed in 1928 by the Luten Bridge Company of York, PA. It was reconstructed in 2000 with a box beam superstructure. The original arch ribs were placed adjacent to the new superstructure and only support themselves. New sidewalks with Neo-classical style balustrades were added as part of the 2000 work.


The arch ribs no longer support live loads. The original floorbeams and deck were replaced with prestressed box beams that now carry the live load. The out-of-scale cantilevered sidewalks finished with Neo-classical balustrades were added as part of the 2000 reconstruction.

Summary of Significance

The rainbow arch placed by the Luten Bridge Company in 1928 and previously evaluated as an eligible bridge was reconstructed as a prestressed box beam bridge in 2000. The arch ribs were retained as part of the new bridge, but they do not support live loads. The sidewalks were also added in 2000. It has been determined to still be eligible because the arches were retained as they have the aesthetic qualities.


The bridge has been significantly altered, which makes it of moderate significance.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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