6 votes

Junction Road Bridge



Photo taken by Jonathan Maxwell

BH Photo #108426

Street View 


Bowstring through truss bridge over Four Mile Creek on Junction Road
Preble County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1875, by the Massillon Bridge Co.
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
Bowstring through truss
Length of largest span: 46.9 ft.
Total length: 142.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.61160, -84.78521   (decimal degrees)
39°36'42" N, 84°47'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/690129/4386993 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
College Corner
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 6841295 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 28266 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 14, 2016: New Street View added by Elliott Johnson
  • August 3, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • June 25, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • July 6, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • October 6, 2005: Posted photos from Jonathan Maxwell


  • Jonathan Maxwell - themaxwellshouse [at] roadrunner [dot] com
  • HAER OH-97 - Junction Road Bridge
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Elliott Johnson - elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com


Junction Road Bridge
Posted May 24, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The sad part of it is that I wouldn't have put it past Preble County considering some of the poor judgement they have shown in recent years toward their metal trusses. I am certainly relieved to know that this iconic span is safe!

Junction Road Bridge
Posted May 23, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good to know. I am glad that this one is still intact.

Junction Road Bridge
Posted May 23, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This seemed a little unbelievable to me, so I checked in with my Ohio contacts. They called Scott Brown at Ohio District 8 who provided the following information that shows not only that the bridge is still standing, but is being maintained:

"I just got off the phone with Tony McWhinney at the Preble County Engineer’s Office. The bridge in question is still standing, has not been replaced, relocated, etc. This bridge is located a little over half a mile east of Fairhaven College Corner Road.

There was another structure on Junction Road that was replaced by Preble County Engineer’s Office (located 0.17 miles west of Camden College Corner Road) back in 2011 (PID #83047). I’m not sure why the comments in Bridge Hunter were made – but perhaps those who commented were looking for the bowstring truss and came across the structure that was replaced in 2011 (i.e. were in the wrong location)?

Anyway, for what it’s worth, Preble County Engineer’s Office crews were at the truss last week, removing vegetation from around the structure that had come down during recent storms. If/when the County needs to address the existing truss, they acknowledged that they would rehab it to maintain the historic integrity, and would likely do it through a federal-aid project with ODOT oversight (since it is such a large structure)."

Junction Road Bridge
Posted May 22, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

What the HELL!!! The Preble County powers that be have lost their D..M minds!!!

This used to be one of my favorite county's to visit, but then they proceeded to annihilate most of their pony trusses including the rare Longman Road Bridge. They destroy another pony just to replace it with one of the ugliest replica covered bridges I have even seen... and then plan to relocate a different pony into the state park. Then they finally do a good thing in rehabilitating the Seven Mile Road Bridge... Only to botch the placement of the historic plaques so that Mr. Cross can have his name equally placed. And now this? I can only hope that it is going somewhere that it will be better appreciated... and not into a scrap furnace!

Junction Road Bridge
Posted May 21, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is there a chance that this bridge might be in storage? If this bridge got scrapped, it would be one of the worst losses of a historic bridge since this website got started.

Ohio and Iowa are essentially co-champions when it comes to surviving numbers of bowstring bridges per state. Iowa has lost some of its bowstrings in recent years and I really hope that Ohio does not follow suit.

Junction Road Bridge
Posted May 21, 2017, by Jeff Shroyer (Shroyer100 [at] aol [dot] com)

This beauty is gone as of 6/16😑😑.

Junction Road Bridge
Posted July 17, 2012, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

07/16/12 was a frustrating visit to Preble county. Seemed like every road I drove down was closed at a metal bridge. However, the Junction Rd. bridge was still open.