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OH-424 Oberhaus Creek Bridge


Photo From Historic Bridge Inventory

BH Photo #231285

Street View 


This is one of 8 stone arch bridges carrying OH 424 or old US 24 over creeks flowing into the Maumee River. Most are no more visible from the roadway than a culvert, and require getting out of car to see.

Following the Maumee River downstream (east) they are: Benien Creek (OH 424), County ditch 970 (OH 424), Garrett Creek (OH 424), Oberhaus Creek (OH 424), N. Turkeyfoot Creek (old US 24), Dry Creek (old US 24), Bad Creek, 2 spans (old US 24), & Belly Creek (old US 24),


Stone arch bridge with pony truss addition over Oberhaus Creek on OH 424 in Napoleon
Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1842
Stone arch with pin-connected pony truss added.
Length of largest span: 20.0 ft.
Total length: 27.9 ft.
Skew angle
39 degrees
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.40000, -84.11333   (decimal degrees)
41°23'60" N, 84°06'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/741312/4587184 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Napoleon East
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 3503720 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 27684 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2016)
Overall condition: Good
Sufficiency rating: 89.3 (out of 100)
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19th Century (8,628)
Arch (12,684)
Built during 1840s (253)
Deck arch (11,919)
Have street view (29,148)
Henry County, Ohio (39)
NR-eligible (4,117)
Napoleon, Ohio (11)
OH 424 (5)
Ohio (4,290)
Open (41,012)
Owned by county (21,656)
Reserve (26)
Skewed (5,020)
Span length under 25 feet (7,116)
Stone arch (3,294)
Structurally deficient (12,827)
Total length 25-50 feet (11,560)

Update Log 

  • September 13, 2021: New photos from Paul Plassman
  • January 3, 2015: New photos from Jim Allen
  • January 3, 2014: Updated by Jim Allen: Added description
  • January 2, 2014: New photo from Jim Allen
  • May 2, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated Details.
  • December 28, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth



OH-424 Oberhaus Creek Bridge
Posted September 14, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

It looks to me like they reused a few old stones and used mostly new ones. Not sure if there is a process to weather and roughen new stone but it certainly wasn't done here. I have inquired as to whether the Chagrin Falls Bridge (also slated for replacement) might be veneered in a less contrasted manner with weathered/roughened new stones.

OH-424 Oberhaus Creek Bridge
Posted September 13, 2021, by Luke

Contech provided the corrugated arch. Based on the looks of the Turkeyfoot bridge, whoever did the actual rehab on these arches didn't do a great job of of it:


OH-424 Oberhaus Creek Bridge
Posted September 13, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It almost looks like the entire bridge was replaced by a replica. Does anyone know what the scope of work during the 2014 rebuild?

OH-424 Oberhaus Creek Bridge
Posted September 13, 2021, by Paul Plassman

No trace of the pony truss seemed to exist as of 2019.

Oberhaus Creek OH 424 Bridge
Posted May 2, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Puts a new twist on the term "Hybrid".