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West Avenue Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Harris

BH Photo #155058

Street View 


Through truss bridge over Mahoning River on West Avenue in Youngstown
Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio
Closed to all traffic
Built 1929; closed to traffic in 1997
Baltimore through truss
Length of largest span: 279.9 ft.
Total length: 286.1 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.10505, -80.66373   (decimal degrees)
41°06'18" N, 80°39'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/528235/4550473 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1951)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 5060524 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 27985 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 23.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 9, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • February 14, 2010: New photo from Robert Harris
  • February 13, 2010: New photo from Robert Harris


  • Bob Harris - sigmacts [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke


West Avenue Bridge
Posted February 5, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


It appears the road is still outlined by public right-of-way. The NE quadrant is the only corner I can confirm to be private property. Still there in 2019, and Google Streetview gets reasonably close on both sides in an August 2019 view. I'm not seeing any signs or gates indicating the road is private.

West Avenue Bridge
Posted February 5, 2021, by Luke

The bridge being private and that security companies have any jurisdiction over it is further under scrutiny, considering former Bridgehunter contributor SatollI Glassmeyer filmed his show "History in Your Own Backyard" on the bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4jwr9SI-3Q

West Avenue Bridge
Posted February 5, 2021, by Luke

No, but considering Jason has, since then, marked multiple trusses as "lost" that weren't lost, I'd consider the notion that it's private to be under scrutiny.

Use the county assessor's GIS system to prove who owns it. If it's not private ownership, screencap the page and take it with you.

West Avenue Bridge
Posted February 5, 2021, by Arthur (arthurgphotography [at] mail [dot] com)

Trying to get clarification on ownership, my map isn't showing this as privately owned. Has anyone been here in the last 6 or 7 years?

West Avenue Bridge
Posted February 5, 2021, by Arthur (arthurgphotography [at] mail [dot] com)

Anyone tried this one recently?

West Avenue Bridge
Posted October 19, 2014, by liz (lizcooper79 [at] gmail [dot] com)

We used this bridge for photograph backgrounds last spring.

West Avenue Bridge
Posted February 2, 2011, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Plain and simple: Just enter West Avenue on the east side where the refinery and factory are located, drive all the way up to the barricade of the bridge and get out and get the pics as quickly as possible. When a gruffy old security guard approaches you by car saying "THIS IS PRIVATE PROPERTY! GET OFF THIS LAND!!" then you have your question answered. ;-) I'm almost certain the company owns the entire bridge and I would not be surprised if it is removed once the snow melts. Sorry friend, but don't try that route as I have been there and got nothing out of the whole deal. Let it go. There are other HBs to hunt and photograph. Happy hunting.


West Avenue Bridge
Posted February 2, 2011, by Stratos Tsambarlis (bigstrat1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

How can ou find out who owns a bridge?

West Avenue Bridge
Posted January 22, 2011, by Robert Harris (relichunter [at] neo [dot] rr [dot] com)

The security officer was more than likely watching the truck yard and not the bridge itself. As far as I know it's not privately owned. You can access the bridge from the opposite side of the mahoning river, near the water works. I've shot here several times and even spoke with law enforcement, which advised me to be careful if I planned on venturing out onto the bridge.

West Avenue Bridge
Posted September 28, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am pretty sure it is (today) privately owned. Fellow pontist Jason Smith and I were talking about this bridge the other day and Jason told me private security guards intercepted him in his attempt to photograph the bridge. This supports the private ownership theory. The NBI listing shows it once was public however.

West Avenue Bridge
Posted September 28, 2010, by Stratos Tsambarlis (bigstrat1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Does Mahoning County own this bridge, or is it privately owned?