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Camden College Corner Road Bridge

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Barrel looking West

Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in August 2010

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Overview
Pony truss bridge over Four Mile Creek on CR 24
Location
Preble County, Ohio
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1929 by the Brookville Bridge Co, Brookville, Oh.
Builder
- Brookville Bridge Co. of Brookville, Ohio
Design
Polygonal Warren pony truss with alternating verticals
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 103.0 ft.
Total length: 110.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Also called
Four Mile Creek CR 24 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.59197, -84.77064   (decimal degrees)
39°35'31" N, 84°46'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/691434/4384845 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
College Corner
Inventory numbers
ODOT 6841481 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 28259 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2010)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 24.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1969)
370

Update Log 

  • October 18, 2016: New photos from Janis Ford
  • June 26, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.
  • August 1, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • June 16, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge is doomed.
  • March 17, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added GPS

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Comments 

Camden College Corner Road Bridge
Posted June 26, 2012, by Anonymous

When I was little, the family would go camping in Hueston Woods. We'd set up camp, then go get last minute supplies in College Corner. That meant going over this bridge, which seemed like a portal between the park and the rest of the world to my child's imagination. Terrible that it's gone now, as a covered bridge just won't feel the same if I ever get a chance to go back there. Why kill trees for a covered bridge that's not even historic, when this bridge could've been rehabed? Seems like a lot of metal bridges I grew up with are gone... Osborn, Enon and Snyder roads and Lower Valley Pike bridges along Mad River, Siebenthaler in Dayton, and so many more. Are there any truss bridges left on Mad River at all? There used to be so many. Sad that not everyone sees their value.

Camden College Corner Road Bridge
Posted June 26, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Photo by Todd Baslee

Camden College Corner Road Bridge
Posted August 1, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I visited this 81 year-old HISTORIC beauty today. I found a bridge that fits the scenery perfectly, and with some work on the floor system and a new paint job it could serve for 80 more years. There is a lot of rust underneath, most of which has wicked off of the concrete and effected the steel. Rust yes, but the only evidence of section loss I found was a flange on one of the stringers that was hanging down. But stringers, and decks for that matter, are made to be replaced and have no effect on the historic integrity of the trusses.

I have NO problem with a modern covered bridge being built in a scenic location, EXCEPT when it comes at the loss of a historic bridge that CAN and SHOULD be rehabilitated. If this bridge is as serious as the June 2008 inspection would have you believe, then why is it still rated to carry 26 tons?? I was ON and UNDERNEATH it when several large trucks and RV's crossed it....and it didn't budge!

Preble County has an amazing collection of historic bridges, made of both wood and metal. It is time for them to step up and give the metal spans the respect they deserve.

Four Mile Creek CR 24 Bridge
Posted June 16, 2010, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I agree with you, Nathan. I find beautiful metal bridges far more pleasing to the eye than a giant box of wood, old or new.

Four Mile Creek CR 24 Bridge
Posted June 16, 2010, by Nathan Holth

Absolutely disgusting. Preble County is going to demolish this beautiful historic polygonal Warren pony truss bridge and replace it with a modern COVERED BRIDGE. This is exactly why I don't like covered bridges and why I refuse to include them on HistoricBridges.org.

Demolishing a historic metal truss bridge and replacing it with a non-historic modern covered bridge only furthers the misconceptions and ignorance among the general public which in general believes that "covered bridge" and "historic bridge" mean the same thing. The general public already does not stand up and support historic metal truss bridges in the way they do covered bridges. This project in Preble County only serves to make the problem worse.

Replacement of this bridge with a slab of concrete would actually provide more benefits to the historic bridge community.