This bridge has the honor of being the first Ohio bridge to be featured on this website, and at the time it was a random discovery since it was not listed in any inventories.
This bridge is a beautiful pin connected Pratt through truss. The bridge is composed of eight panels, and its built-up beams include v-lacing on vertical members, on the sway bracing and under the top chord. Eyebars on the bridge are the up-set style. Original simple hub-guard style lattice guardrails are present on the bridge. The deck is a jack-arch design consisting of concrete with arched corrugated steel under. Portal bracing is a lattice design. The bridge sits on concrete abutments. The bridge still has a fair amount of silver paint left on it.
The design of the portal bracing and apparent ca. 1910 construction date of this bridge suggests that this bridge may have been built by the Massillon Bridge Company of Massillon, Ohio as this bridge's portal bracing resembles the design they used in the first decade of the 20th Century.
This bridge would be nice to see moved to a different location and restored for pedestrian use on a trail or in a park. This has been done with other Ohio bridges. Either way, something needs to be done before a large willow tree that is half tipped over on the bridge falls all the way down and crushes the bridge. The bridge is becoming very overgrown.
There is a second truss bridge a short distance south of this bridge.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries an abandoned road over a stream in a sparsely developed, rural setting.
The 1 span, pin-connected Pratt thru truss bridge is traditionally composed with built-up compression members and eyebar or rod tension members. It has lattice portals and railings.
Summary of Significance
According to ODOT's environmental review files, this abandoned bridge is former SFN 2634724, which was a surveyed non-select bridge in 1981. The 1910 pin-connected Pratt thru truss bridge is later example of a
common type/design and has no distinctive details or features. The not eligible recommendation of the prior inventory remains appropriate.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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