Local advocates for a reasoned preservation minded approach to the rehabilitation of this bridge have their voices heard - http://t.co/lSr3epnJ
Thank you for the update Will! I didn't want to ignore the no trespassing signs to go underneath the bridge, but knew if there was damage it had to be in the floor system. I did notice the remnants of some yellow police tape and knew that something had indeed happened.
It is time for Clermont County to consider bypassing this bridge, or in worse case moving it. I love to see historic bridges maintained in their original location, but this span has had too many issues with vehicle damage and i fear it will be destroyed.
There was damage - See this slideshow, the "displaced boards" are dislodged lower lateral braces. The shear failures in the floor beams are evident in these photos...
The forces imparted by this overload were in all probability dynamic - This truck in all likelihood left the road at the approaches apron, and literally impacted the floor.
Only the dislodged and hanging laterals brought on an emergency inspection and perhaps averted the probability that the next outlaw ignoring all reason, common sense and the weight limit signs from a catastrophic failure and a dip in the drink.
The driver was charged with a misdemeanor (hope they don't give him the chair) this past weekend!