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Scott Road Bridge

Scott Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: October 18, 2009

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Scott Road Over West Branch Tontogany Creek
Rural: Wood County, Ohio: United States
Structure Type
Metal Lattice Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1910 By Builder/Contractor: Canton Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio
Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
26.0 Feet (7.9 Meters)
Structure Length
28.0 Feet (8.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.4 Feet (4.69 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge appears to be a heavily altered example of an extremely rare bridge type. In this bridge's original design, the lattice railings double as a superstructure and support load. Some bridges of this type just use the lattice railing alone, others were built with an additional dedicated diagonal member that ran down to a floorbeam at the center of the bridge. The latter appears to be the case with this bridge since diagonals are visible on the bridge. This bridge however has largely been bypassed by a modern rolled beam placed at deck level which had been doing the load supporting. An earier retrofit also had added a strip of metal to the top of the girder. Now the bridge is completely closed in a deteriorated state. The bridge also has the unusual and attractive detail of decorative flower motifs on the lattice railings.

Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory


The bridge carries a 1 lane of a closed road over a stream in a redeveloping rural area where large houses are being constructed on former farm land.

Physical Description

The 1-span, inverted kingpost pony truss bridge with lattice railings set inside the truss lines is supported on deteriorating ashlar abutments. It has been strengthened by placing rolled beams outside the truss lines to pick up the floorbeam. The upper chords are badly deteriorated and are sagging despite the placement of additional material. Members are severely deteriorated.


Badly deteriorated.

Summary of Significance

The short-span, inverted king post, pony truss bridge is a rare example of a distinctive type/design attributable to the Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Oh. This is 1 of 3 identified examples (Phase 1B, July 2009), and it is dated 1910 by the county. It is technologically significant because it represents the era of innovation and experimentation in metal-truss bridge design and an unusual solution to the need for short-span, metal-truss highway bridges in the late 19th century. Because of deterioration and loss of historic fabric and the alteration of the original floorbeam connection at mid-span as part of its 1987 conversion to a steel stringer in 1987, it has lost its integrity and no longer meets the NR criteria. A more complete example dated ca. 1890 remains in Holmes County (3841278) and the other in Jefferson County.

The Canton Bridge Company was established in 1876, but apparently struggled financially and was reorganized in 1891. One of the original 1891 stockholders was David Hammond, the founder of Canton's larger and better-known fabricator, the Wrought Iron Bridge Company in 1866. The Canton Bridge Company was perhaps best known for its successful sales network with offices in major cities from the Northeast to the Midwest with the offices headed by relatives or close associates of David Hammond. In 1901, the company erected over 800 bridges and claimed to have fabricated 25% of all highway bridges built in Ohio that year. The company remained in operation through at least the mid-1910s.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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