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Scioto River Bridge

Photos 

View Looking Across Recently Cultivated Field, With Bridge In Distant Background

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #233680

Map 

Description 

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

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Scioto River on SR Hwy. 73
Location
Scioto County, Ohio
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built in 1915, replaced in 1998
Builder
- Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio
Railroad
- Portsmouth Street Railway & Light Co.
Design
Pennsylvania through truss
Dimensions
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
17/325001/4289109 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Friendship
Inventory numbers
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)
6,490

Update Log 

  • June 22, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed error in history information
  • June 22, 2012: Added by Jason Smith

Sources 

  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • HAER OH-53 - Scioto Pennsylvania Through Truss Bridge, Spanning Scioto River at State Route 73, Portsmouth, Scioto County, OH
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Scioto River Bridge
Posted October 19, 2013, by Rick Shelton (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have to dispute the dates regarding this bridge. It suffered supposedly catastrophic damage in the March 1997 flood and sat closed for some time. I have pictures dated 11-97 with it still closed and others dated 2-98 with it under demolition with only 2 spans remaining. Regardless, a sad loss for the bridge community.

Scioto River Bridge
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.