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Otway Bridge Approach Span

Otway Bridge Approach Span

Primary Photographer(s): Rod Detty

Bridge Documented: October 1, 2006

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Old OH-348 Over Scioto Brush Creek
Otway: Scioto County, Ohio: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1923 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This website does not feature wooden covered bridges as outlined in the about section. However, there is no reason that if a covered bridge features a historic approach span of a different structure type, that this approach span should be ignored. The Otway Bridge Approach Span is indeed an noteworthy structure. It is a Warren polygonal pony truss with riveted connections. It retains excellent historic integrity, including original lattice railings. V-lacing is present on the diagonals, adding to the beauty of the structure.

Most photos that are taken of the Otway Bridge focus on the covered bridge, and crop out the metal truss bridge. Rod Detty visited this bridge, and turned the focus on the historic truss span. Please enjoy this photo gallery of the metal truss bridge with the covered bridge cropped out!

In 2014, HistoricBridges.org visited the bridge was infuriated (but not surprised) to find the covered bridge being rehabilitated, while the historic metal truss bridge had been demolished, reduced to scrap metal, and sent to Japan to be turned into soup cans. The replacement span is a typical Ohio style welded truss. As a result this bridge is today a perfect example of the United States approach to historic bridges: if its a covered bridge, preserve it, and if its not a covered bridge, scrap it! It is disappointing to see this predictable insensitivity to other forms of historic bridge. A photo of the replacement bridge is shown below.


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