The Tindall Bridge is a bridge that was built in 1915, but its attractive plaque proudly crediting its builders with reconstructing the crossing with a steel bridge perhaps creates images of the 1880s. The Champion Iron Company certainly did build a bridge worthy of pride. The bridge has been maintained well and today is still posted with a generous 25 ton weight limit, which is more than sufficient for the light vehicular traffic that travels Rice Road.
This bridge retains original lattice railings, which are interesting because they are present beyond the truss itself and onto the abutments. This practice is often found over in Ontario, but not elsewhere.
The bridge, with its two spans, each of decent length is a very attractive structure and well worth continued maintenance and preservation. The white paint currently on the bridge enhances the appearance of the bridge and reflects a color choice that was commonly used on bridges in the past, because it showed rust more readily, easing the difficulty of maintenance.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a 1 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, rural setting. There is a curve on the east end and a T intersection at the west end.
The 2 span, 332'-long rivet-connected Pratt thru truss bridge supported on concrete substructure units is traditionally composed of built-up members. It has deep lattice portal braces with an oversize builders plaque and lattice railings inside the truss lines. The open grid deck is modern. Otherwise the bridge appears to be complete.
The bridge has been rehabilitated by the county.
Summary of Significance
The riveted Pratt pony[sic] truss bridge was placed in 1915. It is fairly complete example of its type, but it is not an early example nor does it have innovative or distinctive details. Extant riveted truss
bridges in Ohio date to the turn of the 20th century, and it is the early examples that chronicle the historical and technological significant of the design.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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