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New Hope Through Truss Bridge

Photos 

Photo by Brian McKee September 4, 2009

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BH Photo #146458

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned Whipple through truss bridge over White Oak Creek on Main St. in New Hope
Location
New Hope, Brown County, Ohio
Status
Collapsed on the night of February 18, 2018
History
Built 1884 by the Lomas Forge & Bridge Works
Builder
- Lomas Forge & Bridge Works of Cincinnati, Ohio
Design
Whipple through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 160.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.96521, -83.91119   (decimal degrees)
38°57'55" N, 83°54'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/247768/4316947 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hamersville
Inventory numbers
08XXXX2
BH 43389 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 26, 2018: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge collapsed on the night of February 18, 2018.
  • November 21, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • April 24, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added dimensions.
  • April 12, 2010: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • September 15, 2009: Added by Brian McKee

Sources 

  • Brian McKee - bjmckee51 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Nathan Holth
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net

Comments 

New Hope Through Truss Bridge
Posted April 18, 2018, by rick shelton (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nathan, Yeah, I hate to see little hidden treasures like this one go. Seems if they're not being torn down by idiots then they're dying from neglect. I must admit this one captivated the imagination a little, picturing what was U.S. 68 once upon a time crossing this. I would be curious to know when this was by-passed, much like I wish I had more info on the history of it's cousin down in Higginsport. At least the Higginsport Bridge does not seem to have the abutment issues this one did, but it has been engulfed by many a flood. I have to wonder what hope there is for abandoned structures like these?

New Hope Through Truss Bridge
Posted April 17, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Rick,

The loss of the bridge is tragic and extremely disappointing. However it is possible the county has left the remains there in an attempt to confirm whether any of the wrought iron (highly valued by blacksmiths and researchers) is desired by anyone. ODOT is making an active effort to foster better communication with counties about their historic bridges so the status of bridges can be better maintained and interested individuals can be kept up-to-date on any updates.

New Hope Through Truss Bridge
Posted April 15, 2018, by rick shelton (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have to admit I didn't think this bridge would last long the last time I visited---the abutment was clearly close to failure. With all the remains still on the bank a month and a half later, I'll assume nobody wants to be responsible for an abandoned bridge?

New Hope Through Truss Bridge
Posted February 26, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The email exchange mentioned the county was waiting for the water level to go down to complete bridge removal suggesting the water level has been high, but I didn't receive actual confirmation that the floods caused the collapse. Even if they did there are multiple potential causes for a collapse during a flood.

New Hope Through Truss Bridge
Posted February 26, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nathan did a good photo documentation of this bridge for his website. When looking through his photos, I noticed that the abutments on this bridge were developing some serious cracks though I have certainly seen worse.

Was this area hit by flooding? I know they have had some rain back east. Regardless, this was a highly significant bridge and it's collapse represents a devastating loss.

Now, somebody is going to have an expensive environmental clean up.

New Hope Through Truss Bridge
Posted February 26, 2018, by Joe Yoman (ponchoman49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Now that is just sad! It's bad enough we have mother nature and the various DOT's killing these off as it is but to have one just collapse is just wrong. Wonder what gave out to make the whole thing collapse like this.

New Hope Through Truss Bridge
Posted February 26, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

TERRIBLE LOSS

Please, please don't let this happen to your bridge. There is nothing worse than finding a bridge in the water.

New Hope Through Truss Bridge
Posted February 26, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

According to the info and photo supplied by the county, this bridge collapsed on the night of February 18, 2018.

New Hope Through Truss Bridge
Posted July 8, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Doug... Assuming you are aware of the costs associated with bridge ownership (construction costs, relocation costs, insurance, etc) I would contact Workin' Bridges contact Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com) because they made an inquiry to this bridge a while back for a potential project. Tom Barrett with Ohio DOT may be able to help too.

New Hope Through Truss Bridge
Posted July 8, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The first step would be to find the current owner. I would suspect that the County owns the bridge, but I am not familiar with the area, so I do not know for certain.

New Hope Through Truss Bridge
Posted July 8, 2016, by Doug Miller (tenor001 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I am interested in buying this bridge, who would I contact about this?

New Hope Through Truss Bridge
Posted December 7, 2009, by Harold Scudder (hlscudder [at] cablespeed [dot] com)

This is a beautiful bridge. Is there any hope of it being saved?