This bridge is one of two remaining Penn Bridge Company truss bridges in the county. This bridge retains builder plaques on it. There is v-lacing on the verticals and the sway bracing. The pin connected Pratt through truss has eight panels.
This bridge was partially rehabilitated in 2004. The deck and lower portion of the trusses were renovated extensively. However no work appears to have been done to the rest of the bridge, nor has a paint job been done to blend in the new parts o the bridge with the old. Floor beams and deck were replaced. Original railing was galvanized and some sections were replaced with welded replicas. Modern Armco guardrails are also present on the bridge. Part of the repair project appears to have been to replace part of a vertical member, which may have been damaged in an accident.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, rural setting.
The 1 span, 119'-long, pin-connected Pratt thru truss bridge has built-up compression members and eyebar tension members. It is finished with lattice railings. The bridge is supported on ashlar abutments.
Floor system replaced in 2004.
Summary of Significance
The 1893 truss bridge, which is among the early and
technologically significant surviving examples of its type/design in the
state, has been determined eligible as the result of advancing a
rehabilitation project (SHPO letter, 5/21/08).
The bridge is one of over 150 extant pin-connected truss bridges dating from 1874 for pony trusses and 1876 for thru trusses. Twenty six predate 1888 and represent the era of experimentation that evolved into standardized designs by about 1888. This example has moderate significance because the genre is so well represented in Ohio.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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