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Fox Avenue Driveway Bridge

Photo 

Wood Cover built over metal bridge.

Photo taken by Janis Ford in October 2011

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BH Photo #367968

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Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Hugle Run on Driveway at 811 Fox Ave., Paris, Ohio
Location
Stark County, Ohio
Status
Open to traffic
History
The bridge consists of a covered bridge that was built atop a metal bridge in 1999
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio (Likely Builder)
Design
Half-hip Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Total length: 50.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.78895, -81.12534   (decimal degrees)
40°47'20" N, 81°07'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/489425/4515336 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 74121 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Half-hip Pratt pony truss (385)
Have street view (22,058)
Ohio (2,919)
Open (36,534)
Owned privately (1,284)
Pony truss (15,049)
Pratt pony truss (3,180)
Pratt truss (8,017)
Stark County, Ohio (50)
Total length 50-75 feet (8,429)
Truss (29,437)
Wrought Iron Bridge Co. (285)

Update Log 

  • October 30, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • October 27, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Add builder.
  • October 18, 2016: Added by Janis Ford

Comments 

Fox Avenue Driveway Bridge
Posted November 3, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, and now these truss bridges are being appreciated for the engineering accomplishments that they represent.

Fox Avenue Driveway Bridge
Posted November 3, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

As much as I hate an historic metal truss being "Putridly Romanticized" by putting a "Wrapper of Lies" around it... I guess we must look at the positive fact that it does still exist!

Fox Avenue Driveway Bridge
Posted November 3, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi James:

I had not seen those before. Thanks for sharing.

Robert

Fox Avenue Driveway Bridge
Posted November 3, 2016, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Robert, you have seen a couple of examples. In fact you and I have had this conversation before I think:

http://bridgehunter.com/tn/wilson/bh71358/

http://bridgehunter.com/al/monroe/bh56455/

Fox Avenue Driveway Bridge
Posted October 28, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is the Bowstring in Wisconsin:

http://bridgehunter.com/wi/douglas/amnicon-falls/

It has had a "Lid" on it for 77 years now, so it would probably be like pulling teeth to get them to consider removing it... Unfortunately!

Fox Avenue Driveway Bridge
Posted October 28, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I thought that I had seen some pictures of a couple other examples...

Fox Avenue Driveway Bridge
Posted October 28, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Robert... what's sad is this isn't an isolated incident... there are publicly owned bridges with historically significant metal truss bridges covered up as such in Illinois and Wisconsin that I can think of off the top of my head. The one in Wisconsin conceals a highly significant bowstring truss bridge.

Fox
Posted October 27, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

So, here we have a historic pony truss obscured by a fake covered bridge. Please don't get me wrong, I am glad that this iron truss was retained. I hope that it will be here for many years to come.

At the same time, a visitor should understand that this iron pony truss is a bridge worthy of preservation in its own right. It does not need a roof to make it notable.

What types of bridges do Americans care about? They care about covered bridges and monumental sized suspension bridges. I grew up in a state with neither. Thus, I learned to appreciate the intricacies of iron trusses. I hope that someday, others will appreciate them as well.

Robert