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Tuscarawas River OH 21 Bridge (old)

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Photo taken by John Goold in April 2012

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Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Tuscarawas River on OH 21 in Navarre
Location
Navarre, Stark County, Ohio
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1948 by the Burger Iron Co. of Akron; rehabilitated 1989; replaced 2013
Builder
- Burger Iron Co. of Mogadore, Ohio
Design
Parker through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 159.1 ft.
Total length: 168.0 ft.
Deck width: 28.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.71667, -81.52167   (decimal degrees)
40°43'00" N, 81°31'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/455939/4507436 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Navarre
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
4,900
Inventory numbers
ODOT 7600097 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 28437 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 30.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 15, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Corrected build date from 1930 to 1948
  • April 29, 2022: Essay added by Brandon Cooper
  • January 6, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added categories "9-panel truss", "Riveted", "Tuscarawas River", "Relocated"
  • January 5, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Fixed title spelling
  • October 18, 2016: New photos from Janis Ford
  • July 22, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Gone
  • April 9, 2012: New photos from John Goold
  • July 12, 2011: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

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Tuscarawas River OH 21 Bridge (old)
Posted August 16, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Not sure whats going on here, as I cant quite read the plaque in the photo on the inventory sheet, but 1930 is from the Historic Bridge Inventory where it is repeatedly quoted. So if its an error they really blew it big on this one!

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.

Camelback and Parker trusses are members of the Pratt-family of trusses with sloped top chords Technologically, Camelback and Parker trusses differ only in the number of top chord slopes (Camelbacks have exactly five slopes, and Parkers have more than five slopes.) The sloped-chord trusses provide the greatest depth at midspan where it is needed to accommodate the stresses, meaning that less material is needed in their construction as compared to a parallel chord truss of similar span, but fabrication is made more difficult due to the varying lengths of the members. The sloped-chord trusses are often associated with longer spans where the savings in material is great enough to be worth the additional fabrication costs. The practice of sloping the top chords dates to at least the 1840s and appeared early in the development of metal trusses. As with other truss designs, pin connections were used from the 1870s to 1900s, and mostly phased out during the 1910s. Rivet connections were being used by the early 1900s and were prevalent from the 1910s to 1940s. Standardized rivet-connected Camelback and Parker designs were used by many state highway departments, including the Ohio State Highway Department. There are 23 trusses (8 Camelback, 15 Parker) in the Ohio inventory (Phase 1A, 2008).

Tuscarawas River OH 21 Bridge (old)
Posted August 15, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Just looked at the NBI....the pre-2008 reports list this Parker truss as a 1948 structure. Counting in Brandon's newspaper clippings from the late 1940's, and it looks like the 1930 date listed here is an NBI-caused error.

Tuscarwas River OH 21 Bridge
Posted February 8, 2017, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

That new bridge makes me want to throw up.

Tuscarwas River OH 21 Bridge
Posted July 22, 2013, by Mark Yurina (mark [dot] yurina [at] ips-epc [dot] com)

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.

Tuscarwas River OH 21 Bridge
Posted June 20, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

Tuscarwas River OH 21 Bridge
Posted May 13, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

Tuscarwas River OH 21 Bridge
Posted May 10, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

Carolyn.Thompson@ohr.state.oh.us

Tuscarwas River OH 21 Bridge
Posted May 10, 2012, by Nathan Holth

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.

Tuscarwas River OH 21 Bridge
Posted May 10, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

Sincerely,

Carolyn Thompson

Legislative Aide

State Representative Zack Milkovich

77 S. High St.

Columbus, OH 43215

614-644-6037

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John Goold

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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?

Respectfully,

John Goold

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Tuscarwas River OH 21 Bridge
Posted May 9, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

Tuscarwas River OH 21 Bridge
Posted May 9, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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?

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Tuscarwas River OH 21 Bridge
Posted April 11, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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

Tuscarwas River OH 21 Bridge
Posted April 10, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

http://www.cantonrep.com/news/x1047089336/2012-ODOT-work-in-...

Its official, this bridge gets replaced this year. Ugly Concrete eyesore bridge coming soon to Navarre.

Tuscarwas River OH 21 Bridge
Posted April 5, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

Tuscarwas River OH 21 Bridge
Posted April 3, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

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.

Tuscarwas River OH 21 Bridge
Posted April 3, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

"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!

Tuscarwas River OH 21 Bridge
Posted April 2, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

http://www.indeonline.com/newsnow/x1599393661/ODOT-sets-publ...

Based on this I am going to declare this bridge doomed.

Tuscarwas River OH 21 Bridge
Posted April 2, 2012, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.