Greg, I have called the Guernsey County engineer and they have told me that this bridge was demolished in June of 2011.
We fished off of that bridge, and even if they did allow cars to drive over it, they would be able to go no where. On the other side of the bridge, close to 8th street road, where a road once was, it is just grass now. So, technacially it isn't a road anymore.
Based on the photos, it seems like they just don't want cars crossing over it. It doesn't look like it's "officially" open to pedestrians, but if they didn't want people walking on it, they would put up a sign or block it off with a chain-link fence. A lot of bridges that are closed and abandoned/neglected end up becoming fishing piers to some people. Hopefully, the bridge won't get closed off. It looks fine to me though.
I used to drive across this bridge all the time in the 1990's, this is down the road from Bell Nursing home, which my parents used to work there. We visted this bridge first in April 2010, and was surprised to see it closed down. We went to fish the Wills Creek. It was interesting. People were on that bridge fishing, so would you consider this bridge to be open to pedestrians?
Photo 1- from Eighth Street Road looking South
Photo 2- Angled approach
Photo 3- Builder "plaque"
Photo 4- Date on "plaque"
Photo 5- Looking North
Photo 6- Looking North towards Eigth Street
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