This bridge was for many years the only highway bridge across the Scioto River in Scioto County. It thus provided a vital road link in addition to crating a bridge for the Portsmouth Street Railway and telephone lines for the Portsmouth Telephone Company. It has been selected as an historic bridge by the Ohio Department of Transportation. It is scheduled to be replaced by 1991, and federal highway funds have been requested for its replacements.
-- Historic American Engineering Record
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Scioto River on SR Hwy. 73
Length of largest span: 327.1 ft.
Total length: 1,505.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.73333, -83.01333(decimal degrees) 38°43'60" N, 83°00'48" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
USGS topographic map
ODOT 7303009 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 52699 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/1992)
Deck condition rating: Serious(3 out of 9) Superstructure condition rating: Critical(2 out of 9) Substructure condition rating: Fair(5 out of 9) Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 2.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1990)
June 22, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed error in history information
June 22, 2012: Added by Jason Smith
Jason Smith - JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net
HAER OH-53 - Scioto Pennsylvania Through Truss Bridge, Spanning Scioto River at State Route 73, Portsmouth, Scioto County, OH
Posted June 22, 2012, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk11 [at] hotmail [dot] com)
I got lucky enough to drive over this a few times. But in the mid 90's on the way to Ashland KY, I saw it being razed. There is a plaque in Portsmouth memorializing it at its concrete "cookie cutter" replacement.