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The Bend Road Bridge


Photo taken by Dale Ladd


BH Photo #509819



Lost 3 span Pratt through truss bridge over Maumee River on The Bend Road
Defiance County, Ohio
Replaced by a modern bridge
Built 1889 by the Smith Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1984; replaced 2003
- Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 360.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.27533, -84.51504   (decimal degrees)
41°16'31" N, 84°30'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/708125/4572300 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
ODOT 2031264 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 27511 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 12, 2021: New photo from Nathan Holth
  • October 12, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added NBI data from 2000
  • July 26, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added year lost
  • October 11, 2006: Todd D. Walker reports bridge has been replaced



The Bend Road Bridge
Posted May 29, 2012, by Todd Walker (mrwalk11 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I am grateful someone posted a picture of a former favorite river crossing. I no longer have the never developed film that had my pictures of the bridge pre-demo. My reaction to my county is they saved a bridge (Dey Rd. in Defiance) two or so years later and it remains today beside the concrete replacement. This bridge could have been saved for pedestrians as it was out of the way.

The Bend Road Bridge
Posted May 20, 2012, by Dale Ladd (dladd001 [at] defiance [dot] edu)

Attached is a picture of the old Bend Road Bridge I was able to get from the Defiance County Engineers Office. Like everyone else who had never seen the old bridge I was curious to see what it looked like.

The Bend Road Bridge
Posted February 23, 2012, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk11 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I used the old Bend Road Bridge as a pleasurable shortcut on many trips home from a job I had in Indiana. I took pictures of it with a film camera but sadly never got the roll developed. Just before it was replaced, I recall it got extremely bumpy to drive across.

The Bend Road Bridge
Posted February 23, 2012, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Does anybody have pictures of the old bridge? Or does HAER have any? I've always been curious about how big the old bridge was.

The Bend Road Bridge
Posted August 16, 2006, by Todd D. Walker (ohiowalk40 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Bend Road Bridge was demolished and replaced with a concrete structure in 2003. I have pictures of the new bridge, but sadly have no pictures of the old bridge which I used to cross as a scenic shortcut.