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Wesler Road Bridge

Whitewater Avenue Bridge (TR-103 Bridge)

Wesler Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 7, 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Wesler Road (Whitewater Avenue, TR-103) Over Whitewater Creek
New Paris: Preble County, Ohio: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1964 By Builder/Contractor: Champion Bridge Company of Wilmington, Ohio

Technical Facts

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Main Span Length
87 Feet (26.5 Meters)
Structure Length
94 Feet (28.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
20.3 Feet (6.19 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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About This Unusual Bridge Design

This bridge is one of a number of unusual pony truss bridges built by the Champion Bridge Company in Preble County well after the truss bridge era had come to a close in most of the country. They are noted for their use of modern design such as rolled beams and omission of any built-up beams, while continuing the older, traditional use of rivets for connections. The riveted connections are a contrast to the welded truss bridges that were built in Ohio around the same time as these bridges and continue to be built in the present day. The riveted connections add to the visual qualities of the bridges, compared to the plain-looking welded connections.

The 1950s and 1960s were the final home run of a transition from aesthetic bridge design to "purely functional" bridge design, where the "art" in bridge building came to a close thus ending a tradition of beauty in bridges. As a result, this bridge, with a 1958 construction date, represents the end of this transition. While it still has aesthetic value, mainly in the old-fashioned rivets, it is quite plain, with its rolled i-beams.

About the Wesler Road Bridge

This bridge is both the longest and the newest example of the Champion Bridge Company bridges in Preble County. It features a well shaped arch design with no horizontal section of the polygonal top chord.


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