This bridge is one of two concrete arch bridges on Morrow County highways. This is the shorter of the two, but the railings on this bridge are in better condition. The railings are somewhat of a mystery. At first glance, it appears that the original abutment railing panels, and original railing posts remain on the bridge with modern Armco guardrail added in between the posts, with balustrades between the railings having been removed. However upon closer examination, it is not apparent that any balusters were on the bridge. In between the railing posts there is what looks like a tall curb with square shapes on top. The squares are where one might expect the balusters were, however the squares do not look saw cut, nor do they look like something was broken off. Were there ever balusters on this bridge? On top of the railing posts there is a notch. Perhaps instead of balusters there once was a simple horizontal concrete beam that spans between the posts, resting in the notch.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural area of active farms.
The 2-span, 119'-long, reinforced-concrete arch bridge has beam guide rails replacing the original concrete balustrades. The original blocky, incised-panel end posts remain over the wingwalls.
Concrete balustrades removed, ca. 1975.
Summary of Significance
The arch bridge built in 1924 has no unusual or distinctive features. It is an altered example of a common bridge type from the first half of the 20th century. Earlier, more complete and/or aesthetically
distinguished examples better represent the significance of the technology. The not eligible recommendation of the prior inventory remains appropriate.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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