6 votes

Milton Road Bridge



Photo taken by Rick McOmber

BH Photo #108481



Unusual pony truss bridge over Needles Creek on Milton Road
Wood County, Ohio
Gone - Disposition unknown
Removed 2008
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 24.9 ft.
Total length: 26.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.16833, -83.82333   (decimal degrees)
41°10'06" N, 83°49'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/263145/4561287 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
ODOT 8740844 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 28623 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Canton Bridge Co. (190)
Lost (24,597)
Lost 2008 (347)
Lost during 2000s (4,174)
Ohio (3,371)
Owned by county (20,730)
Pony truss (16,159)
Span length under 25 feet (6,845)
Structurally deficient (14,289)
Total length 25-50 feet (11,149)
Truss (32,701)
Wood County, Ohio (58)
Wooden deck (6,064)

Update Log 

  • May 20, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
  • March 24, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status
  • November 28, 2005: Posted photo from Rick McOmber

Related Bridges 


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Milton Road Bridge
Posted February 4, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Interesting little bridge. Norton Co. Kansas had a couple of these bridges as well. I think one was moved to a golf course. The Canton Bridge Company apparently built lattice trusses with and without the diagonal ties.

Milton Road Bridge
Posted March 10, 2007, by Nathan Holth

Confirmed on March 9, 2006, this bridge has been removed. It is unclear whether it was simply demolished, or is being relocated and/or restored. Knowing Wood County's track record, a restoration would be quite a departure from the norm.

Milton Road Bridge
Posted February 3, 2006, by Ron Jones (ron [at] oldohiobridges [dot] com)

There are three of these in Ohio. Two in Wood Co. and one in Holmes (see my site for exact locations (http://oldohiobridges.com They are described as "lattice" in the Ohio Historic Bridge Inventory but from looking at them the lattice does not appear structural. Clearly the diagonal braces seem to be forming a truss. I think they are most like a leg bedstead.

Milton Road Bridge
Posted December 1, 2005, by Nathan Holth

Another similar bridge is located at this webpage: http://www.piercenebraska.info/arboretum/bridge.htm

They don't seem to have a clue what type of bridge it is, calling it simply a rigid-connected lattice truss.

Milton Road Bridge
Posted November 30, 2005, by James Baughn (bridges [at] midwestplaces [dot] com)

Mario, this bridge appears to be very close to the Hancock County line, southwest of Hoytville.

Milton Road Bridge
Posted November 30, 2005, by Mario

Very weird bridge. The tension chord is larger than the compression chord which is very strange. You would expect the top (compression) chord to be larger then the bottom. Structurally that may not be a bid deal because it looks like the bridge is only 20' or so long, which would not create large loads in the members.

Where abouts in Wood County is this bridge...near Toledo?