I drove up to Navarre on Sunday, July 21, 2013 only to see if the bridge was still there. It is not. The Tuscarawas River OH 21 bridge has been completely dismantled at this point and ODOT is in the process of installing its unimaginative and thoroughly dull replacement UCEB.
I have a conference call tommorow with the Navarre Historical Society at 5:30 PM. If anybody would like to join that conference call please email me at BlueWilliamus@yahoo.com or call me at (330) 631-9597 and I will give you her number, it would be nice to have somebody with a little more authority, experience and seniority join me for this important call.
I am going to try to go to Navarre this week to see if I can inform people about what is about to happen and educate them about the importance of preserving this bridge.
If anybody would wish to help me educate a lawmaker here is the email address of the assistant that sent me that letter. Zack Milkovich is a good guy as well and will listen.
That letter states, in regards to relocating and reusing truss bridges "...this is an unheard practice in todayís technological age." Sure, its unheard of... if you are deaf. It happens all the time.
The letter also states "Because of the inherent nature of the truss bridge, it is not an ideal form of construction compared to current standards and the trusses need to be replaced to ensure safety."
That statement is obviously nonsense derived from the "fracture critical" issue being interpreted incorrectly.
The truth: Fracture critical bridges are NOT unsafe if they receive basic maintenance and inspection, and if the trusses are protected from impact damage by a crash-tested guardrail.
Dear Mr. Goold,
Thank you for contacting the office of State Representative Zack Milkovich. I researched the bridge in question and also spoke to ODOT regarding this project and wanted to share the information that I discovered with you. According to ODOT, this is truss bridge that was originally built in the 1920ís and sat on route 224. It was moved to its current site in the 1940ís. Although this is an unheard practice in todayís technological age, it was not an uncommon practice at the time. The last major repairs done to this structure were in the late 1980ís/ early 1990ís.
The bridge is currently listed in marginal condition. Because of the inherent nature of the truss bridge, it is not an ideal form of construction compared to current standards and the trusses need to be replaced to ensure safety. In addition, the construction will widen the road, again, so this bridge will meet current safety standards. Resurfacing will also take place.
The projected start date will take place in 2013. 80% of the funding for this project is from federal funds and the remaining 20% are state funds, mainly from the gasoline tax.
I hope that I was able to answer all of your questions. If you should have additional questions, please donít hesitate to contact me.
State Representative Zack Milkovich
77 S. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:26 AM
Subject: Bridge near Navarre
1640 Glenmount Avenue
Akron, Ohio 44301
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Here is something more whimsical and lighter then what I have been discussing in the past. Rte 21 is the Rte 66 of Eastern Ohio. It is very historic and a lot of historians set out to travel the original sections of that road to find a glimpse of the past. The section near Navarre is one of the last major sections of this road and seems to have maintained a lot of its historical integrity. There is a beautiful small highway truss bridge that greets visitors to the town of Navarre as they enter from the south. It has obviously been well maintained and is as wide as the adjacent highway. It probably needs a little deck work but is in otherwise good shape. It fits in well with the historic nature of the highway and the town and only 4900 vehicles cross the bridge each day. As these bridges become more rare it will eventually draw tourists to both the county and the state. My question is with money so tight why are we spending 3 to 5 million dollars to replace this bridge when t!
here are so many other more urgent priorities?
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I don't know if others are ahead of me on this but maybe it would be a good idea to engage tea party Republicans about how big a waste of money projects like this are. I just wrote a letter to Frank LaRose.
Dear Frank LaRose,
Here is something more whimsical and lighter then what I have been discussing in the past. Rte 21 is the Rte 66 of Eastern Ohio. It is very historic and a lot of historian set out to travel the original sections of that road to find a glimpse of the past. The section near Navarre is one of the last major sections of this road and seems to have maintained a lot of its historical integrity. Ther...e is a beautiful small highway truss bridge that greets visitors to the town of Navarre as you enter. It has obviously been well maintained and is as wide as the adjacent highway. It probably needs a little deck work but is in otherwise good shape. It fits in well with the historic nature of the highway and the town. As these bridges become more rare it will eventually draw tourists to both the county and the state. My question is with money so tight why are we spending 3 to 5 million dollars to replace this bridge when there are so many other more urgent priorities?
1) The bridge is as wide as the adjoining roadway
2) The bridge has been well maintained
3) This is a year with scarce funds
Shame on you ODOT for tearing down this small but regionally important landmark bridge. Shame on you for removing beauty from Rte 21
Its official, this bridge gets replaced this year. Ugly Concrete eyesore bridge coming soon to Navarre.
If other state highway department bridges better represent the technology of that time period then where are they? Ohio is much worse then Penn Dot with historic bridges it is just they eliminated all their historic bridges in the 1980s. This is a grim battle and I have not been on here as much because we are losing.
Actually, the Historic Bridge Inventory considers this bridge NOT HISTORIC because the bridge is "common" although projects like this demo/replace project demonstrate that even if I did agree that this bridge type was common (which I don't), bridges like this are quickly becoming rare.
From the Inventory:
The 1-span, Parker thru truss bridge was built in 1930 by the state highway department. It is a late example of what was by 1930 a very common bridge type and design. The bridge is traditionally composed and exhibits no innovative or distinctive details. Because it is a common solution to a long-span crossing, neither the bridge nor its contexts are historically or technologically significant. It is representative of a bridge type and design as well as methods of fabrication that had been used for span lengths greater than 100' since the last quarter of the 19th century. Other state highway department bridges of the 1920s to 1940s better represent the significance of the technology and standardized approach to its application in the development of the state highway system.
"ODOT also requests information regarding the presence of any known cultural resources in the vicinity of the project."
Ummmm...the project IS the resource...Here's your sign!
Based on this I am going to declare this bridge doomed.
This bridge is threatened, there is a plan to replace this bridge in fall of 2012. I can't believe it this bridge is in overall good shape.