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Dewey Avenue Viaduct


Dewey Ave Viaduct

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Beam bridge over Wills Creek & Ohio Central Railroad on US 40
Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built 1924; rehabilitated 1971; deck replaced 2018
- Braun-Fleming-Knollman & Prior of Columbus, Ohio
- Hickeys Bros of Columbus, Ohio
- Ohio Central Railroad (OHCR)
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 483.9 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Also called
US40 Wills Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.02373, -81.59661   (decimal degrees)
40°01'25" N, 81°35'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/449090/4430561 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 3000249 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 69492 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 73.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 17, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 11, 2019: Updated by Luke: Reverted name to common name
  • November 10, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added builders per forum comment
  • October 23, 2018: New Street View added by David Backlin
  • October 2, 2015: New Street View added by Brandon Cooper


  • Brandon Cooper
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Luke
  • Geoff Hubbs


Dewey Avenue Viaduct
Posted November 11, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It appears the National Road, Victory Highway, and US 40 aligned here.



Dewey Avenue Viaduct
Posted November 11, 2019, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I think it's different. Early in the 20th century there was a good highways movement which spurred the creation of several highway associations which included the Lincoln Highway, Dixie Highway and National Old Trails Highway. These were not Federal highways, they were improved roads which the highway association had designated as part of their highway and promoted as a part of their highway.

The National Road was the first federal highway and was about 100 years before the National Old Trails Highway. The National Road was a part of National Old Trails Highway but only the eastern part of it. The western parts were largely U.S. 66 so it is not correct to say U.S. 40 was National Old Trails Highway. At best U.S. 40/National Road was a part of National Old Trails Highway but National Old Trails Highway was not a federal highway and National Road/U.S. 40 was.

US40 Wills Creek Bridge
Posted November 10, 2019, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Geez.. US 40 is the "National Road". Don't they teach kids history in schools anymore.

Dewey Avenue Viaduct
Posted November 10, 2019, by Doug Law (lawd1968 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Locally this bridge is called "The Dewey Avenue Viaduct" or just, "The Viaduct". The 1924 name plate is attached reading, "Cambridge Viaduct National Road Guernsey County O. J.R. Burkey was Engineer in Charge of Construction. Designers were Braun, Fleming, Knollman & Prior, Columbus O. Contractor was Hickey Bros. No mention of US 22 or US 40 which together cross this bridge. This may have been built before U.S. highways.

These pictures taken fall 2019 after the new 2018 deck, lights, and "City of Cambridge" arch at the west end.