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Rushville Bridge

Rushville Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: June 8, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
CR-77 (Rushville Road) Over Little Rush Creek and Railroad (Conrail)
Near Rushville: Fairfield County, Ohio: United States
Structure Type
Metal 11 Panel Rivet-Connected Pratt Deck Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete T-Beam, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1928 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
100 Feet (30 Meters)
Structure Length
150 Feet (46 Meters)
Roadway Width
27 Feet (8.23 Meters)
1 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
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This bridge is very hard to photograph with leaves on the trees. The bridge is an uncommon example of a small-scale deck truss. Deck truss bridges tend to be reserved for longer spans over deep valleys. This bridge is neither. It rests on stone abutments that are presumably from a previous bridge. The pier is concrete. The bridge's trusses are heavy, yet the bracing for the bridge is quite lightweight as shown in the photo to the right. The bridge includes a concrete t-beam approach span which crosses over a railroad line that parallels the creek. The truss span passes over the creek. The bridge was built with the two spans slightly at an angle to each other, allowing the bridge to support a slightly curved roadway.

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.

Physical Description

The 2 span bridge has a 100'-long, rivet-connected Pratt deck truss main span and a T beam approach span. The truss is traditionally composed of built-up members. It is supported on ashlar abutments and a concrete pier.


Rehabilitated in 1990. Deck and railings replaced. Original concrete balustrades replaced with safety-shape barriers with exterior faced textured to appear like balustrades.

Summary of Significance

The 1928 Pratt deck truss bridge was rehabilitated with a finding of no adverse effect in 1989-90. It is eligible from the prior inventory.


The bridge is 1 of 9 riveted Pratt trusses in the study population dating from the first half of the 20th century. Its level of significance is moderate.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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