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Factory Road Bridge

TR-341 Bridge

Factory Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 7, 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Factory Road (TR-341) Over Lesley Run
Location
Rural: Preble County, Ohio: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1914 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
48 Feet (14.63 Meters)
Structure Length
55 Feet (16.76 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.7 Feet (4.79 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
6838154

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

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This bridge was demolished and replaced in 2010!

Steel on the bridge was fabricated by Carnegie as well as Jones and Laughlins, as marked on the bridge's members. If the bridge really was built in 1914 (which could be questioned), than the bridge was built from steel that likely had been laying around for a while. Jones and Laughlins dropped the second "s" and became Jones and Laughlin around 1905, thus the Laughlins found on the steel of this bridge suggests pre-1905 origins. The vertical members of this bridge are lightweight latticed members. Original lattice railings remain on the bridge. The bridge sits on stone abutments. The deck is wood with an asphalt wearing surface. Eyebars on the bridge are of the loop-forged variety. A couple turnbuckles were replaced on the bridge. The bridge was posted for a generous 28 ton weight limit in 2006. While the bridge was certainly strong enough to serve local traffic, and with a restoration could have continued to do that and more for decades to come, as it was, the bridge was instead demolished and replaced. This represents a strong bias in the county. The fact that the county has preserved wooden covered bridges, yet is seeking to demolish metal truss bridges, represents one of the core issues that HistoricBridges.org seeks to expose. Is a a pin connected through truss any less deserving of preservation than a covered bridge? Absolutely not! But time and time again the wooden covered bridges are preserved while the truss bridges fall. Oddly enough, truss bridges are more durable and strong when properly maintained as well, and it is easier to retain their historic integrity during rehabilitation.

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