This bridge is similar to the TR-38 Bridge also in the county. The builder of that bridge is listed as the Smith Bridge Company, which was the predecessor to the Toledo Bridge Company name. This bridge had the name listed in the Ohio Historic Bridge Inventory as Toledo Bridge Company. Both structures are very similar in appearance, so it seems like both these bridges were built around the time that Smith Bridge Company became the Toledo Bridge Company. The Historic Bridge Inventory however thinks this bridge might date to ca. 1895, which is about 10 years newer than the estimated date for the TR-38 Bridge.
This bridge is a pin connected half-hip Pratt pony truss. The bridge is composed of three panels. The deck is asphalt, which is laid on top of a corrugated steel base. The bridge sits on concrete abutments. There is no v-lacing or lattice present on the bridge. Original railings do not remain on the bridge, and modern Armco railings are present.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural setting.
The 1 span, 40'-long, 3-panel, pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge is traditionally composed of built-up compression members and eye bar tension members. The upper chords are toe-out channels with cover plate and battens. The cover plate of the end posts has been replaced by welding, also with loss of the builder's plaque shown in ODOT inventory photos (ca. 1981). The verticals are toe-out channels with battens. The lower chord eyebars are heavier in the interior panel. The lower chord eyebars have welded repairs in the end panels. The floorbeams are suspended from the lower-chord pins by U-shaped hangers. The stringer, deck, and railings are modern (ca. 1985). The rubble stone abutments have concrete caps.
Replaced stringers, deck, and railings (ca. 1985). Also welded repairs to upper chords and lower chords. New bridge seats. There was a builder's plaque, but it is gone (see attachment d). The plaque gave the builder's name but no date.
Summary of Significance
The ca. 1895 pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge has no distinguishing features or details, and it has been irreversibly altered by welding of the end posts and lower chords. More complete and distinguished
examples better represent the technological significance of the type/design and the work of this builder.
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Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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