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Brown Road Bridge

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Brown Road Bridge

Head-on view

Photo taken by Sandor Gulyas in April 2011

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BH Photo #275097

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Bokes Creek on TR 176
Location
Delaware County, Ohio
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1913 by Bellefontaine Bridge & Steel
Builder
- Bellefontaine Bridge & Steel Co. of Bellefontaine, Ohio [also known as Bellefontaine Bridge & Iron Co.]
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 117.1 ft.
Total length: 125.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.3 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.33944, -83.24389   (decimal degrees)
40°20'22" N, 83°14'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/309406/4467849 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ostrander
Inventory numbers
ODOT 2130890 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 27514 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2010)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 26.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
80

Update Log 

  • August 23, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been replaced.
  • February 19, 2014: New photos from Sandor Gulyas
  • March 8, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.

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Comments 

Brown Road Bridge
Posted August 30, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Robert is working with Workin' Bridges on this one. We have made him the project contact because he expressed interest and asked for help.

All about being part of the public sphere for our non profit dedicated to these historic structures.

Mark, like your dedication and follow thru. Let's exchange notes on fir and white oak. We are specifying Doug Fir for Hayden.

Brown Road Bridge
Posted August 30, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Oh Robert, everyone's doing it - look at Mark! Come on, succumb to peer pressure! :^) If you want it in public view, erect it in the front yard; maybe it will lure in a truck or two :^)

Best Regards,

Art S.

Brown Road Bridge
Posted August 29, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, I don't know about bringing one home...I like them to be in the public view...

Brown Road Bridge
Posted August 25, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Robert, if you are going to do one privately; pick an older, lighter weight, pin connected one. They are like giant erector sets, when disassembled, they can be stored in relatively little space (assuming you don't keep the old decking - that takes up a LOT of space/volume :^)

Regards,

Art S.

PS. Assuming you have a significant other, explaining that 'you've decided to bring one home' should be recorded for all of us to enjoy :^)

Brown Road Bridge
Posted August 24, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I will have to see what I can do. I need to find out if it is public or private. I am really hoping to start saving some bridges. We all have had fun visiting bridges, and I want future generations to be able to do the same.

Brown Road Bridge
Posted August 24, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That Kansas Bellefountaine span needs a park or trail Robert! ;-)

Brown Road Bridge
Posted August 24, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Confirmed examples of Bellefontaine Bridge and Iron are extremely rare. They seem to have been primarily a regional firm, save for the outlier out in Kansas.

Brown Road Bridge
Posted August 24, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I guess you are right,Robert.I never heard of a Bellefontaine truss bridge.

Brown Road Bridge
Posted August 23, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, sometimes I hate being right. I believe that we are down to three confirmed Bellefontaine Bridge and Iron through trusses; two in Indiana and one in Kansas. Ohio still has a couple ponies and a suspension bridge built by this company.

Indiana has restored its two Bellefontaine through trusses. The Kansas example is abandoned.

Brown Road Bridge
Posted August 23, 2016, by Matt Lohry

Robert,

It looks like you are right; the bridge was on 176. The photograph of the bridge shows the intersection with the white house on the corner and the brick house across the field; GE shows these same buildings at the intersection of TR-176 and OH-37. Rats. Rats, rats, RATS!!

Brown Road Bridge
Posted August 23, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks, George. I am hoping that someone who lives closer can let us know for certain. I live in Texas, so this one is a long way from me.

You don't see a Bellefontaine Bridge and Iron structure everyday...

Brown Road Bridge
Posted August 23, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Robert,i just wanted to let you know where the bridge actually was.As for if the bridge is or is not original it would be nice if somebody whoever it may be can verify the age of the bridge if it has a builders plaque on it.

Brown Road Bridge
Posted August 22, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

George, it looks like the pin may be on the wrong bridge. This is why I am a bit careful about editing pages for bridges that I have not visited.

Looking at TR175, that bridge appears to be a modern pony truss.

Brown Road Bridge
Posted August 22, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Robert,you were actually looking at TR 176,not TR 175.I just looked on google maps and saw the through truss bridge on TR 175.Just figured i would let you know.

Brown Road Bridge
Posted August 21, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This one survived Mr. Bauserman (County Engineer) longer than all of the other ones in Delaware County. I figured it was only a matter of time!

Brown Road Bridge
Posted August 21, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

If I am looking at the right bridge, Google Maps appears to show a bright shiny UCEB...

Brown Road Bridge
Posted July 10, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Surprised it has escaped Mr. B's wrath this long!

Brown Road Bridge
Posted July 10, 2012, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

I enjoyed this bridge. I'm sorry to hear it's doomed.

Photos taken 1/5/2007