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Helena Street Bridge


Photo taken by Ohio Historic Bridge Inventory

BH Photo #283902

Street View 


Concrete arch bridge over Great Miami River on Helena Street in Dayton
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1926; rehabilitated 1949
Three-span closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 97.1 ft.
Total length: 308.1 ft.
Deck width: 32.2 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Island Park Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.77721, -84.19808   (decimal degrees)
39°46'38" N, 84°11'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/739964/4406785 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Dayton North
Average daily traffic (as of 1988)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 5760437 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 28078 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 57.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 24, 2019: Updated by Nathan Holth: Demolished and replaced.
  • May 20, 2014: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • July 15, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn


Helena Street Bridge
Posted June 24, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Believe the attached photo as shown in the following book may show the bridge before the concrete arch at this location (or perhaps a previous bridge on the other side of the island). This island was home to a "White City" amusement park before the flood of 1913.


Helena Street Bridge
Posted September 30, 2015, by Victoria McNeal (vmcneal107 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I love this old bridge and wanted it restored as well. Dayton government want it down and replaced because they do not want to pay someone to restore it because it costs too much which I feel is probably not true, but do not have the facts. Might not be replaced for a while as city does not have infrasture money,i.e bridge replacement, but we will wait it out. Going to be replaced with two spans instead of one. It really has the coolest design I have ever seen.

Helena Street Bridge
Posted September 7, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

And by the way...Replicating the original railings on these spans would restore the missing view of the river!

Helena Street Bridge
Posted September 7, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A beautiful bridge with some wonderful decorative elements

I just visited 8 historic concrete bridges in South Bend, Indiana (many of which are older than this one) and they have ALL been restored and maintained!

If they want to design something then they need to design a restoration!

Helena Street Bridge
Posted September 7, 2014, by tom tweed (thomasjtweed [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Scheduled for replacement. Public comment period on

design for replacement ends soon (Sept 2014).