This bridge was built in 1899. It is a two span pin connected Pratt through truss bridge. Each bridge is composed of seven panels. There is v-lacing on the vertical members, under the top chord / end post as well as on the sway bracing. The portal bracing is a lattice design. The bridge sits on stone piers and abutments. There is a stone arch bridge just east of this bridge.
HistoricBridges.org is happy that this bridge was not demolished when it was bypassed by a modern bridge on a new alignment to the south in 1970. Leaving the bridge standing has allowed the bridge to stand to the present day as a historic landmark. At the same time, it is sad to see that this bridge, which is surrounded by a rustic park on the east side of the bridge, has not been restored for pedestrian use. It is instead fenced off. The stone pier is beginning to show scour problems. It would be nice to see the pier repaired and the bridge superstructure and deck repaired to allow the bridge to open to pedestrians. The park is currently just a dirt drive with a few trails in the woods. The bridge could function as a scenic outlook for park visitors, as well as a fishing pier. It would make the park more than the small set of unimproved trails that it currently is. The park would be a destination for people to experience the historic bridge. There could be informational signs set up for the bridges.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge is closed to traffic. It is in a public park (Blankenship Park) but apparently unmaintained.
The 2 span, pin-connected Pratt thru truss bridge is lightly built and appears from photos to be traditionally composed.
Summary of Significance
The 1899 pin-connected Pratt thru truss bridge, which had already been bypassed, was determined eligible by the SHPO in 1977 and it was also select in ODOT's 1981 survey. A copy of the survey form is on file at
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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