This regionally early example of a rivet-connected highway truss bridge has been relocated and preserved for pedestrian use. The bridge is also noted for its lightweight construction. It has outriggers, but no vertical members in the truss web, which is rare for Warren truss bridges. The bridge originally was located over Hellbranch Run in Pleasant Township and was moved here to the Pickerington Ponds Metro Park in 2004. Length given is an estimate.
Above: Photo from Historic Bridge Inventory showing bridge being moved from its original location.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a bike path/pedestrian trail over a stream in the Pickerington Ponds Metro Park. It was moved there from Lambert Road over Hellbranch Creek, Franklin County in 2004.
The 1 span rivet-connected Warren pony truss bridge is lightly composed of angles and built-up members. It has lattice railings.
Summary of Significance
The 1897 rivet-connected Warren pony truss bridge is the oldest identified example of its type/design in Ohio. It is a significant early example of the truss type/design that would come to dominate truss highway bridge construction (under 100') for the first half of the 20th century. Although relocated, the bridge maintains its integrity of design and materials, and thus still conveys its technological significance. The eligible recommendation of the prior inventory remains appropriate.
The bridge is a high level of significance because it is the earliest identified example of a common bridge type/design marking the introduction of an important new technology (riveted connections). Of the over 140 examples built between 1897 and 1960, only 13 predate 1910, which makes early ones not common.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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