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Eby Road Bridge


Photo taken by Janis Ford August 2007


BH Photo #131795


Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Brubaker Creek on Eby Road (TR 230)
Richland County, Ohio
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1883 by the Massillon Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1987; replaced 2015
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
Pin-connected, 5-panel Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 58.1 ft.
Total length: 61.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.87316, -82.48659   (decimal degrees)
40°52'23" N, 82°29'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/374733/4525739 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1991)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 7032730 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 28317 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 19.5 (out of 100)
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19th Century (9,081)
5-panel truss (603)
Built 1883 (181)
Built during 1880s (2,295)
Lost (30,024)
Lost 2015 (401)
Lost during 2010s (3,642)
Massillon Bridge Co. (165)
NR-eligible (4,125)
Ohio (4,681)
One-lane traffic (8,000)
Owned by county (21,721)
Pin-connected (5,049)
Pony truss (17,232)
Pratt pony truss (4,024)
Pratt truss (10,540)
Replaced by new bridge (20,431)
Richland County, Ohio (50)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,550)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,726)
Truss (36,793)
Wooden deck (6,211)

Update Log 

  • December 23, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Edited page to reflect that bridge was replaced
  • October 27, 2015: Updated by Janis Ford: Updated status to Replaced
  • October 20, 2015: Updated by Tony Dillon: Bridge is closed
  • April 17, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.



Eby Road Bridge
Posted April 19, 2013, by Matt Lohry

Another easy way to identify the bottom chord is to look where the diagonal members meet the verticals--they always meet at the top and bottom chords and never anywhere else, except in cases of subdivided panels (Pennsylvania, Baltimore, or subdivided Warren).

Eby Road Bridge
Posted April 18, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks, Nathan. I see the original bottom chord now.

Eby Road Bridge
Posted April 17, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


Let me clarify the design of this bridge for you, which may not be apparent in the photo. What looks like a polygonal bottom chord is not the original bottom chord. The original bottom chord is horizontal and is above the added metal which likely was added during a floorbeam alteration. Additionally, the verticals on this bridge are back-to-back channels with v-lacing on each side. This was characteristic of Massillon ponies, but your bridge appears to have angles with lattice, uncommon among Massillon ponies.

Eby Road Bridge
Posted April 17, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nathan: Thank you for updating this bridge, and therefore calling my attention to it. There is a nearly identical bridge in Riley County, Kansas. Perhaps that bridge was built by the same firm. I had always wondered who the fabricator might have been, and this might give me a clue.

Link for the Kansas example: