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New Somerset Road Bridge

New Somerset Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 25, 2021

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
New Somerset Road (CR-53) Over Town Fork
Location
Rural: Jefferson County, Ohio: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1935 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
22.0 Feet (6.7 Meters)
Structure Length
49.0 Feet (14.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
23.6 Feet (7.19 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
4130170

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Bridge Documentation

This uncommon example of an unusual bridge type remains standing despite repeated attacks by bad drivers. The bridge's parapets were documented as having been damaged in 2007, and during a 2021 field visit, additional damage (including a discarded car bumper) were found along the creek next to the bridge.

This bridge was a type excluded by the Historic Bridge Inventory. It is not clear why. In HistoricBridges.org's experience, stone faced corrugated multi-plate arch bridges are uncommon. Most, like this bridge, seem to date to the 1930s, and HistoricBridges.org suspects some of them may have been products of Depression era relief programs, which would add to their historic significance. Stone briefly returned from years of disuse as favored material in many Depression-era projects, although being as it was the 1930s, often the stone was combined with modern materials like steel corrugated multi-plate, or concrete.

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Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory

Summary of Significance

Although coded as a stone arch in BMS, the bridge is actually a steel multi-plate arch with stone spandrel walls. The 1935 date of construction is correct. The bridge is an excluded bridge type that has been recommended not eligible based on the context of its type/design and date of construction. The non-select recommendation of the prior inventory remains appropriate.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No

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