This bridge is an unusual structure because it was designed with the goal of producing a specific form of aesthetic appearance. As such, it deviates from the standard design of most truss bridges from the period. For example, the bridge has vertical end posts rather than inclined end posts. Further, the bridge has attractive arched struts which compliment the arched shape of the Parker truss. The bridge has a striking lack of v-lacing or lattice, which gives the bridge a more simple and streamlined appearance. The bridge has pedestrian railings that occur rarely in Ohio and appear to be based off of a railing design used widely in Michigan and Ontario.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a 2 lane highway and sidewalks over a stream in a setting of mixed-use 20th-century development in Bellville.
The skewed, 1 span, 146'-long, riveted Parker thru truss bridge has built-up chords and rolled I section web members. There is slightly arched upper lateral bracing at the five interior panel points of the five panel bridge. The end posts are vertical, not sloped, as is characteristic of most Parker trusses of this period. The gusset plates have been shaped to have curvilinear edges, rather than straight edges, giving them a "webbed" appearance. The bridge has rolled floorbeams, stringer, and a concrete deck. The cantilevered sidewalks are supported on built-up brackets and finished with standard decorative metal-panel railings. The stone-faced U-shaped wingwalls are completed by random ashlar parapets.
OHPO approves rehabilitation 1983. The bridge was rehabilitated in 1985. Painted in 1998.
Summary of Significance
The Parker thru truss was fabricated by the Mt.
Vernon Bridge Co. for the state highway department in 1938. It is an
exceptionally well-proportioned, although technologically late, example
of the bridge type/design. It has nice aesthetic detailing, including
the gusset plates, lateral bracing, and ashlar wingwalls. It speaks well
of the bridge bureau's attention to design under the leadership of D. H.
Overman. There is a similar pony truss in Pickaway County on SR 56
(6501567). The bridge was rehabilitated in 1999, which included
replacing the deck and painting. The project does not appear to have
diminished the integrity or the ability of the bridge to convey its
significance. The prior inventory included the bridge in the reserve
pool. It is recommended eligible.
The bridge as a later example of a common type/design has a moderate level of significance. Of the over 140 examples built between 1897 and 1960, only 13 predate 1910.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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