This bridge does not look like much from on the roadway. Its concrete girders extend only a small distance above the roadway, about the height of a curb. Even when viewed from beside the bridge, this bridge's girders are simple in appearance with the outline of a rectangle set into the girder as the only aesthetic treatment. Despite what this bridge may lack visually, as a 1905 bridge, this is one of the oldest concrete girder bridges in Ohio. This date would be very early even on a nationwide scale. This bridge suffers from severe spalling both on the superstructure and the substructure. However, the spalling has revealed the reinforcing bars within the concrete, which is enlightening from the standpoint of learning about the bridge's construction.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries 1 lane of a 2 lane rural road over a stream in a wooded setting.
The skewed, 51'-long, reinforced concrete thru girder bridge has low concrete parapets with significant spalling and exposed reinforcing. The girders are 2'-deep, and the bridge roadway width is 16'-5". The clear span is nearly 33'. The floorbeams are articulated. The abutments are concrete.
Significant loss of cover material exposing reinforcing. The abutments appear more deteriorated than the superstructure.
Summary of Significance
The reinforced concrete thru girder bridge is dated 1905, but the source of the date was not located. If the 1905 date is correct, the bridge would rank as one of the earliest reinforced concrete bridges in the state. There is nothing in the county's bridge file to support 1905 date. The bridge is recommended as eligible based on its date of construction, which makes it one of the earliest reinforced concrete bridges in the state. Morrow County generally carries correct dates of construction.
The bridge is one of 64 extant examples built between 1905 and 1938. It is of moderate significance because it is a common bridge type and is not the most historically or technologically significant example. While it is the earliest example, several from 1910 are more important.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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