Sunday, August 12, 2007

Oxford Road Bridge

Photo: Brian Rhodes, URS Corp, 8/2007

CE Association Preservation Award Winner!
This old (1860s) iron Bowstring Bridge was built by the Massillon Bridge Co. It was abandoned and forgotten on Oxford Road over Howard Ck. (39.2817,-84.74054). Thanks to the preservation efforts of Hamilton county, the bridge was reconstructed off-site and then moved in 2006 to the Crosby Township's Senior Center at 8910 Willey Road, Hamilton County where it is now part of a pedestrian walking trail. Read an account of its restoration in Structure

Monday, August 06, 2007

St. James Road Bridge

Photo: 4/2006 rj
SFN 5132428

Located in Marion County adjacent to the Kings Mill Golf Club this Parker through truss bridge crosses the Olentangy River. The extensive use of ornamental lacing is unusual for the reported 1937 construction date. The bridge is also pinned not rivieted as reported by OHBI hence it is probably much older!

This bridge is scheduled for replacement in 2012 according to the office of the county engineer. Preservation does not appear to be under consideration!

Send appeals to: County Engineer, Bradley Irons

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Prospect Bridge

Photo: 9/2005 rj
SFN 5102251

Prospect in Marion County was home to this Parker pinned through truss bridge until removed in July. Built by the Standard Engineering Corp in 1913, it was the most distinguishing landmark of Prospect. Those who thought it couldn't be saved need to take a look on Main Street in Newark, Ohio. The county is set to destroy two more historic through truss bridges in the next few years - the Clark Road and St. James Road bridges.

Send appeals to: County Engineer, Bradley Irons