Built in 1902, this is a classic six panel pin connected Pratt through truss. Two rows of channel form the original or old guardrails that remain on the bridge. There is v-lacing under the built-up top chord and on the built-up vertical members. Some idiot must have driven across the bridge with too tall a load and they knocked out the bottom section of the a-frame portal bracing. Unsurprisingly, the county posted a clearance sign above the bridge. It is unknown if the sign was posted before, or if the county only did it only after the damage had been done. The only other significant alteration noted with this bridge is the addition of an extra rolled i-beam under the floor beams. The deck of the bridge is wooden with an asphalt wearing surface. The bridge sits on stone abutments.
As of 2012, there have been rumors going around that Preble County may rehabilitate this bridge. HistoricBridges.org sincerely hopes that these rumors are true, since far too many of the county's historic truss bridges have been demolished since HistoricBridges.org documented the county in 2006.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural area of active farms.
The 1 span, 93'-long, pin-connected Pratt thru truss bridge is conventionally composed of built-up compression members and eyebar tension members.
Summary of Significance
The 1902 pin-connected Pratt thru truss bridge is later example of a common type/design and has no distinctive details or features. The builder is not documented by available county records. The not eligible
recommendation of the prior inventory remains appropriate.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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