Photo taken by Bill Eichelberger
BH Photo #126218
If you go south of New Hope about 1/4 mile on OH-68 and then east on Bethel New Hope Rd. a couple hundred yards there is easy access to the bridge on your right and no one to interfere with you.
Hey mike, way cool bridge. Be kind to us old poops at least he is "Protecting" bridge from those with less honorable intent! Curious if any flint chips or debitage in area and if they were Flint Ridge origin or Hornstone. Happen to see any? Dana
Visited it on 12/29/16. I just happened to spot it back in the weeds while traveling. I drove past it and accidentally found the actual access road while trying to turn around on Rt 68. The old poop in the white house came out and glared at me, but was sensible enough to keep his mouth shut. The roadway and bridge are VERY clearly public domain so dont take any crap from the old jerk. If he engages you - tell him youre gonna call the sheriff.
Its worth getting out and looking at the foundation of the bridge on the east side. The stone work is impressive and interesting. It appears that the arches may have been replaced and re-set. See photo below. There is an empty key on the foundation - and the current arches look unweathered as does the hardware. The buttress at the base of the arches also looks new. However the arch inside the bridge is full of nails - as if posters and flyers had been hung over the years. This suggests that the arch may be the original.
The location of the bridge was thoughtfully selected. As a geologist I noticed that it was both on a straight segment of the river so as to avoid under cutting and it was on bedrock. I suspect the bedrock is limestone of the Ordovician aged "Whitewater Formation" - if this is true, it should be loaded with fossils - making a look under the bridge even more fun with kids. The sandy beach under the makes for a nice picnic spot.
FYI - It's still a county owned roadway and bridge, and is not on private property as long as you park along the roadway or within the right-of-way (typically, 5 feet from edge line).
beautiful bridge still intact i took the family to see the bridge and the kids really thought it was cool although a fellow that lives in a white house up the street tried to stop us claiming it as private property almost ruined our trip after a descussion about it being listed as a historical bridge he let us pass