This bridge is a massive member pony truss that appears to retain good historic integrity. Its traditional design includes a concrete deck and lattice railing. The truss web is composed of built-up beams as follows. Verticals and diagonals: two angles with battens. Top chord/end post: back-to-back channels with v-lacing and cover plate. Bottom chord: two pairs of angles with battens. Railing: two angles with one row of lattice.
This bridge was located on a road with an extremely tiny ADT of 35 listed in the National Bridge Inventory. The truss superstructure was in excellent condition: even the bottom chord, a typical area of deterioration, was in excellent condition. There was very little rust on the bridge. Despite this, the county demolished and replaced the bridge. The county engineer reported to HistoricBridges.org that the reason for replacement was because of abutment deterioration and because the bridge was too narrow for farm equipment. The county also noted that they did attempt to offer the bridge for relocation and reuse, but the county's Bike Trail committee did not have the funds necessary to place this bridge on one of their trails, and while the Park District needed a bridge, the length was not long enough.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, rural setting.
The 1 span, 63'-long, rivet-connected Warren pony truss bridge has verticals, all built-up members, and lattice railings.
Summary of Significance
The 1915 Warren pony truss has no distinguishing features. It has riveted connections, typical of Warren trusses from about 1900 to the 1940s when riveted connections began to be phased out in favor of welded
connections. The weld-connected Warren trusses continue to be a popular bridge type/design on county roads in Ohio. The survey has identified more than 500 pre-1961 Warren pony truss bridges, making them the most common truss
type/design surviving in the state. This example is not historically significant for its technology or context. More distinguished examples better represent the significance of the type/design in the development of the state's road
systems. The not eligible recommendation of the prior inventory remains appropriate.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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