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Beatty Road Bridge

Beatty Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 12, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Beatty Road (CR-149) Over Whetstone Creek
Location
Rural: Morrow County, Ohio: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1915 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1996
Main Span Length
124 Feet (37.8 Meters)
Structure Length
127 Feet (38.71 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.4 Feet (4.69 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
5930529

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is a traditionally composed example of a riveted through truss bridge. The bridge appears to be largely unaltered and as such the historic integrity is good.

In 2012, Morrow County still had one of the largest number of surviving rivet connected and pin connected truss bridges for a single county in the entire country, particularly among largely rural counties. As such, even bridges in this county that are not individually significant should be considered significant as a member of the larger county group of truss bridges. Nationwide, such truss bridges are so rare that its hard to imagine that they were once common. Morrow County is one of the last opportunities for visitors to experience the impact that these types of metal truss bridge had in this country. These sturdy, reliable, and attractive bridges were once the backbone of surface transportation in the United States.

Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory

Setting/Context

The bridge carries a 1 lane road over a stream in a rural area of active farms.

Physical Description

The 1 span, 127'-long and 16'-wide, rivet-connected Pratt thru truss bridge is supported on concrete abutments. The truss lines are traditionally composed with built up members, and the floorbeams are framed in above the lower chords. The bridge has no innovative or distinctive details.

Integrity

Superstructure repairs, 1996 (exact nature unspecified by county).

Summary of Significance

The riveted Pratt pony truss bridge was placed in 1915. It is fairly complete example of its type, but it is not an early example nor does it have innovative or distinctive details. Extant riveted truss bridges in Ohio date to the turn of the 20th century, and it is the early examples that chronicle the historical and technological significant of the design.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No

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