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Foster Bridge

Foster Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 22, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
US-22 and OH-3 Over Little Miami River
Location
Rural: Warren County, Ohio: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Open Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed and Approach Spans: Pre-Stressed Concrete Box Beam, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1937 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: D. H. Overman and Ohio State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1991
Main Span Length
175 Feet (53 Meters)
Structure Length
1,358 Feet (414 Meters)
Roadway Width
30 Feet (9.14 Meters)
Spans
6 Main Span(s) and 10 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
8300038

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Bridge Documentation

This is a very large concrete arch bridge that can be difficult to view due to the trees surrounding it. The approach spans are now pre-stressed concrete and not original.

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Above: Historical photo showing bridge construction. Photo Credit: Doug Criswell, Courtesy Tammy Lewis Priebe

Above: Historical photo showing bridge construction. Photo Credit: Doug Criswell, Courtesy Tammy Lewis Priebe

Above: Historical photo showing bridge construction. Photo Credit: Doug Criswell, Courtesy Tammy Lewis Priebe

Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory

Setting/Context

The bridge carries a 2 lane highway high over the Little Miami River valley.

Physical Description

The 16 span, 1,358'-long bridge built in 1937 has six open spandrel arch main spans. The 2-rib arches have spandrel columns with capitals and arched cap beams. The bridge was rehabilitated in 1991 with replacement of the deck and railings. The deck is now prestressed concrete box beams. The railings have the safety shape to the roadway faces but have been finished to appear as blind-panel balustrades on the exterior faces.

Integrity

The bridge was rehabilitated in 1991 with replacement of original material from the deck up. It was a sensitive rehabilitation.

Summary of Significance

Although the 1937 bridge late example of a type/design that was developed prior to WWI, it is another of D. H. Overman's stunningly well-proportioned open-spandrel arch bridges. The eligible recommendation remains appropriate. There are 25 open spandrel arch bridges dating from 1907 to 1957 in the inventory (Phase 1A, 2008).

Justification

Because of the early emphasis on aesthetics at the local and state levels, Ohio has an impressive assemblage of long and shorter open spandrel arch bridges dating from 1907 through World War II. Twenty-three of the 25 predate World War II. This example has moderate significance based on the depth and quality of the state population.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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