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Ballard Road Covered Bridge



Photo taken 2005 by Gregory S. Hamilton

BH Photo #108218

Street View 


Covered bridge over North Fork Caesars Creek on Ballard Road (TR 6)
Greene County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built 1883 by J.C. Brown; bypassed 1998 when Ballard Road was truncated with the construction of the US 35 bypass
- Henry Hebble (Stonemason)
- J.C. Brown
Covered Howe through truss
Length of largest span: 74.2 ft.
Total length: 79.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.3 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 29, 1975
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.67800, -83.81500   (decimal degrees)
39°40'41" N, 83°48'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/258569/4395807 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 2934744 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
WGCB 35-29-18 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 75001408 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 27581 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


19th Century (8,666)
Built 1883 (176)
Built during 1880s (2,223)
Covered (2,323)
Greene County, Ohio (35)
Have street view (29,251)
Henry Hebble (3)
Howe through truss (528)
Howe truss (658)
J.C. Brown (1)
NR-listed (3,015)
Ohio (4,300)
One-lane traffic (7,922)
Open (41,014)
Owned by county (21,659)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,461)
Through truss (17,235)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,859)
Truss (35,993)
Wooden deck (6,175)

Update Log 

  • March 24, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added bypass date
  • March 23, 2022: New photos from Paul Plassman
  • April 23, 2018: New photos from David Case
  • December 10, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • March 15, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • March 13, 2014: New Street View added by Dave King
  • March 5, 2013: New photos from Jeffery A Barnes
  • November 12, 2011: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • January 12, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • January 23, 2006: Posted photos from Gregory S. Hamilton



Ballard Road Covered Bridge 35-29-18
Posted May 3, 2017, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

This report says the bridge was reconstructed with both original and new parts:


I visited by driving on Rt. 35 last month, and the bridge (which leads only to a round turnaround) was still closed to traffic with construction barricades at the north end.

Ballard Road Covered Bridge 35-29-18
Posted October 24, 2016, by renee wilde (rwilde140 [at] gmail [dot] com)

You may have been one of the last people to see this bridge in it's original state. I stopped by today and the bridge is gone. An Amish crew who have reconstructed the other covered bridges in this area are building a new covered bridge. It's an interesting process if anyone wants to stop by and check it out.

I'm covering this story for public radio. Interested in hearing people's thoughts on this process and their history with this bridge. Contact me at rwilde140@gmail.com

Ballard Road Covered Bridge 35-29-18
Posted June 19, 2016, by Dale Jackson (djstratoart [at] gmail [dot] com)

Been visiting these covered bridges recently, and this was on my to-see list. Great to see these.

Here's my photo of this bridge that I saw yesterday June 18, 2016

Ballard Road Covered Bridge
Posted September 17, 2010, by Jerry Dean (dean330 [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

I am a Knoxville, Tennessee, resident and retired journalist whose father, Joseph Edward Dean, late of Arkansas, was born in January 1900 in Xenia, Ohio. He grew up near this 1883 covered bridge, just off Old US 35. The bridge was a landmark when, as a lad, Joe explored the Dean family farm near Ballard Road. Joe was a fifth-generation descendant of Daniel Dean, an early Greene County pioneer from Ulster who brought his family from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, to Ohio in 1812. A miller, he settled on 2,000 acres divided later among his 11 children. His progeny included my great-great grandfather, the elder Joseph Dean, who built a substantial home, still standing at 199 Ballard Road. Also born there was Joseph Newton Dean who, as a teenager, enlisted to fight with the 40th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. A lawyer, he later became Ohio Probate Judge for Greene County. Nearby is Dean Cemetery where Daniel, our progenitor, now lies with his Virginia-born wife, Jannett Steele Dean. I hope Ohio will preserve this historic structure over Caesar's Creek for generations to come.

Ballard Road Covered Bridge
Posted August 6, 2006, by Mary Johnson (merriejay [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's nice to see this old bridge is still standing. I grew up in the area and haven't seen the bridge in over 40 yrs., but it still looks the same. The bridge was a turnaround point on our long school bus ride. I live in New Jersey now..you don't see covered bridges here. Enjoyed the photo.