This bridge is a highly attractive pony truss with good historic integrity including original railings. The bridge trusses are painted red on the inside and white out the outside because apparently a budget paint job only had the time and money to repaint the interior of the trusses, and apparently red was the only available color. Either color looks attractive on the bridge, and a two color bridge is actually a nice change from the usual.
Despite the fact that this bridge could have been rehabilitated and preserved to carry the tiny amount of traffic it served, this bridge was demolished and replaced. The replacement bridge is a typical ugly box beam bridge which is basically a hollow slab of concrete with guiderail. A photo of the ribbon cutting ceremony showing the replacement bridge is shown below. By the way, these ribbon cutting ceremonies look a lot nicer with a preserved historic bridge in the background.
Photo Credit: Williams County Engineer
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural area of active farms.
The 1 span, 54'-long, rivet-connected Warren pony truss bridge is traditionally composed of built-up members. It has lattice railings, concrete deck, and is supported on concrete abutments.
Summary of Significance
The 1920 Warren pony truss is a later example of its type/design with no distinguishing features. It has riveted connections, typical of Warren trusses from about 1900 to the 1940s when riveted connections began
to be phased out in favor of welded connections. The weld-connected Warren trusses continue to be a popular bridge type/design on county roads in Ohio. The survey has identified more than 500 pre-1961 Warren pony truss bridges,
making them the most common truss type/design surviving in the state. This example is not historically significant for its technology or context. More distinguished examples better represent the significance of the type/design in
the development of the state's road systems. The not eligible recommendation of the prior inventory remains appropriate.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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