9 votes

Bridge Street Muskingum River Bridge


Photo taken by Greg Hall


BH Photo #131636


Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Muskingum River on Bridge Street between Philo and Duncan Falls
Philo, Muskingum County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement in 2018.
Built 1953; rehabilitated 1979
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Wander & Mason
Five-span Parker through truss w fixed swing
Length of largest span: 154.9 ft.
Total length: 828.1 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Also called
Cry Baby Bridge
Philo Bridge,
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.86917, -81.90933   (decimal degrees)
39°52'09" N, 81°54'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/422231/4413632 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
679 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 6054129 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 37143 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 12.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 25, 2018: Photo imported by Brandon Cooper
  • November 25, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 19, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • July 18, 2016: Photo imported by Dave King
  • November 21, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • October 1, 2015: New Street View added by Brandon Cooper
  • October 19, 2010: New photo from Eric Root
  • July 16, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • February 27, 2010: Updated by Greg Hall: added GPS coordinates
  • August 11, 2008: Added by Greg Hall


  • Greg Hall - cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com
  • Eric Root - ejort [at] att [dot] net
  • Douglas Butler
  • Brandon Cooper
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Nathan Holth
  • Dana and Kay Klein


Bridge Street Muskingum River Bridge
Posted October 16, 2018, by Brandon Cooper

Some more information on the bridge and its eventual replacement: https://ycitynews.com/2264/news/philo-duncan-falls-bridge-to...

Bridge Street Muskingum River Bridge
Posted October 14, 2018, by Brandon Cooper

This bridge is nearing the end of its lifespan. Seen a bunch of construction equipment on both sides of the river, including a big crane. Start looking into changing the status pretty soon, maybe end of the year to sometime in spring 2019.

Bridge Street Muskingum River Bridge
Posted June 30, 2014, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There is discussion about raising money to replace this bridge.

Bridge Street Muskingum River Bridge
Posted August 22, 2011, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

They are letting a lot of these bridges rust so they can deteriorate even faster and be replaced by a concrete slab. Then they can put their name to the replacement bridge they built. This happened with the Putnam Street Bridge in Marietta. They didn't paint it and then it rusted so then they could say it needs replaced.

Bridge Street Muskingum River Bridge
Posted November 9, 2009, by Todd (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

"A fresh coat of paint would spruce this one up good"... This bridge resembles the one at Waterville up in Lucas county which is kept up better.