In 2006, Preble County had a few bridges built by the Brookville Bridge Company, all dating from the 20s or 30s. Another is the Foos Road Bridge. The Bower Road Bridge however is the only through span in the county by this company; the others are pony truss bridges. Composed of built-up top chord and end post box beams, while vertical and diagonal members are rolled i-beams, this bridge has a somewhat plain appearance compared to older truss bridges, but with riveted connections and its location tucked away in the trees, this bridge still is a charming structure. The only v-lacing present on this bridge is under the top chord and endposts. The bridge is a Pratt truss with eight panels, and features features a-frame portal bracing. There are rocker bearings present at the east end of the bridge. The structure sits on concrete abutments. The deck stringers appear to have been replaced, and when they were, they were mounted differently, simply laid on top of the floorbeams, rather than riveted to the floor beam web.
A small beam bridge, which features riveted railings and stone abutments, is present a bit west of this bridge. It may have been built at the same time, perhaps by the same company.
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 1 span, 131'-long, rivet-connected Pratt thru truss bridge has rolled section web members and built-up chords. The portal bracing is an A-frame, and there are channel railings.
Summary of Significance
The 1931 rivet-connected Pratt thru truss is a late example of its type/design with no distinguishing features or details. The not eligible recommendation of the prior inventory remains appropriate.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
Original / Full Size Photos
|A collection of overview and detail photos. This gallery offers photos in the highest available resolution and file size in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer|
Mobile Optimized Photos
|A collection of overview and detail photos. This gallery features data-friendly, fast-loading photos in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer|
Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
View Bridge Location In:
© Copyright 2003-2020, HistoricBridges.org. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer: HistoricBridges.org is a volunteer group of private citizens. HistoricBridges.org is NOT a government agency, does not represent or work with any governmental agencies, nor is it in any way associated with any government agency or any non-profit organization. While we strive for accuracy in our factual content, HistoricBridges.org offers no guarantee of accuracy. Information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Information could include technical inaccuracies or errors of omission. Opinions and commentary are the opinions of the respective HistoricBridges.org member who made them and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone else, including any outside photographers whose images may appear on the page in which the commentary appears. HistoricBridges.org does not bear any responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of this or any other HistoricBridges.org information. Owners and users of bridges have the responsibility of correctly following all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, regardless of any HistoricBridges.org information.