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Sulpher Heights Hill Road Bridge

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Sulpher Heights Hill Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 5, 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Sulpher Heights Hill Road (River Road) Over Great Miami River
Rural: Shelby County, Ohio: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1886 By Builder/Contractor: Morse Bridge Company of Youngstown, Ohio

Technical Facts

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Main Span Length
114 Feet (34.7 Meters)
Structure Length
233 Feet (71 Meters)
Roadway Width
17.4 Feet (5.3 Meters)
2 Main Span(s)
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This historic bridge was demolished and replaced in 2007!

This bridge is a two span pin connected Pratt through truss bridge. Each span has nine panels to it. There is v-lacing on the vertical members of the bridge. A Carnegie brand was located on the members of the bridge. The deck of the bridge is currently a corrugated steel base with an asphalt wearing surface. The portal bracing on the bridge is a plate steel design with decorative punchout designs in it. The abutments for the bridge were stone, but the pier was stone with a bunch of concrete added to it.

This bridge was one of two rare Morse Bridge Company bridges in Shelby County, the other on Johnson Slagle Road.

Bridges built by the Morse Bridge Company that survive today, of which there are very few, are noteworthy because some of their bridges, displayed several unusual design details. All of their bridges, including the Sulpher Heights Hill Road Bridge were distinguished by ornamental details that varied from bridge to bridge, much moreso than was found in bridges built by other companies during this period. Among the surviving examples that HistoricBridges.org has documented, there is amazing variety in the decorative details. This bridge has an interesting shield-shaped plaque, and the unusual knee bracing.

In 2007, Shelby County with little preamble or notice to the historic bridge community abruptly demolished and replaced this and the Johnson Slagle Road Bridge and with one stroke annihilated a large percentage of surviving Morse Bridge Company Bridges. The loss of these bridges cannot be corrected through any amount of preservation elsewhere, since each Morse Bridge Company bridge was quite unique, and no more exist in the county. Neither of these bridges needed to be replaced, and could likely have been rehabilitated for less than the cost of their replacement. To lose one of these two bridges would have been devastating, but words fail to describe the loss of both of them, in the same year no less. It is hard to fathom how little appreciation one would have for a county's heritage to demolish these bridges.

This bridge was next to another bridge that was a historic 1933 three span deck plate girder bridge. It also was demolished and replaced.


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