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Shepard Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 3, 2021

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Yellowlegs Trail Over Georges Creek
Location
Pickerington: Franklin County, Ohio: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1897 By Builder/Contractor: New Columbus Bridge Company of Columbus, Ohio

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2004
Main Span Length
50 Feet (15.2 Meters)
Structure Length
50 Feet (15.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
25XXXX1

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Bridge Documentation

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

Setting/Context

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.

Physical Description

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.

Justification

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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