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West Avenue Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Robert Harris

BH Photo #155058

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Mahoning River on West Avenue in Youngstown
Location
Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built 1929; closed to traffic in 1997
Design
Baltimore through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 279.9 ft.
Total length: 286.1 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Recognition
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:
Youngstown
Average daily traffic (as of 1951)
120
Inventory numbers
ODOT 5060524 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 27985 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
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

Sources 

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

Comments 

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.

JS

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?