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West Liberty Covered Bridge

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View from northeast

Photo taken by Josh Schmid in September 2018

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

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BH Photo #437845

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Description 

Shortest covered bridge in the United States, replaced concrete culvert

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Cowles Creek on West Liberty Street
Location
Geneva, Ashtabula County, Ohio
Status
Open to traffic
History
Constructed at a cost of $400,000 in 2011
Builder
- John Smolen Engineering Co. of Jefferson, Ohio
Design
Through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 18.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.79915, -80.94855   (decimal degrees)
41°47'57" N, 80°56'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/504274/4627478 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 83349 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 24, 2021: New photo from Josh Schmid
  • November 2, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 2, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added category "Faux Covered Bridge"
  • November 2, 2018: Added by Josh Schmid

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Comments 

West Liberty Covered Bridge
Posted January 25, 2021, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Oh lord, palm to face...

Using a timber truss to span 18-feet seems pretty ridiculous and for the low low price of $400K.

Not sure what to think about this thing, it looks as if you folks have the comments covered.

West Liberty Covered Bridge
Posted January 25, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Then I come along on some historic truss bridge Section 106 Review and am told a genuine historic bridge cannot be preserved because its "too expensive." This is ridiculous.

West Liberty Covered Bridge
Posted January 24, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

All I know is that they spent about 380K too much on it.

West Liberty Covered Bridge
Posted January 24, 2021, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Tony and Mike, you're both wrong. It's obviously a snow cone stand.

West Liberty Covered Bridge
Posted January 24, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

...Or pull your lawnmower out of it to cut the grass!

West Liberty Covered Bridge
Posted January 24, 2021, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like you could pick up your photos while your are there...or maybe a chocolate shake.

West Liberty Covered Bridge
Posted January 24, 2021, by Luke

When your HOA has more money than sense.

West Liberty Covered Bridge
Posted January 24, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Seriously? They spent 400K on this???

They could've built a slab with a lid on it for a fraction of that... and it wouldn't have looked any worse. Wow!

West Liberty Covered Bridge
Posted November 2, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Just curious what is little building, shed, next to it?