Portage River

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The Portage River flows through Wood, Sandusky, and Ottawa Counties in northwest Ohio. The North, Middle, East, and South branches unite in the area around Pemberville to form the main stream.

Bays Road - Middle Branch Portage River Bridge (Wood County, Ohio)
Built 1928; replaced 2019
Concrete curved chord through girder bridge over Middle Branch Portage River on Bays Road
Replaced by a new bridge

Bays Road - North Branch Portage River Bridge (Wood County, Ohio)
Built 1922
Concrete girder bridge over North Branch Portage River on Bays Road
Open to traffic

Bierley Avenue Bridge (Wood County, Ohio)
Built by the Central Concrete & Construction Co.; Replaced 1973
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Portage River on Bierley Avenue
Replaced by a new bridge

Bridge Street Bridge (Old) (Wood County, Ohio)
Replaced 1947
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Portage River on Bridge Street
Replaced by a new bridge

CSX - Portage River Bridge (Wood County, Ohio)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Portage River on CSX Railroad
Open to traffic

Greensburg Pike Bridge (Wood County, Ohio)
Built 1988
Modern polygonal Warren pony truss bridge over Middle Branch Portage River on Greensburg Pike
Open to traffic

Jerry City Road Bridge (Wood County, Ohio)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over South Branch Portage River on Jerry City Road
Open to traffic

Kemner Road Bridge (Wood County, Ohio)
Built by the Canton Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1940
Through truss bridge over South Branch Portage River on Kemner Road
Demolished for no reason. No replacement built.

LS&MS - Portage River Bridge (Ottawa County, Ohio)
Lost Post through truss bridge over Portage River on LS&MS Railroad
Replaced by a new bridge

Mermill Road Bridge (Wood County, Ohio)
Built 1950; rehabilitated 1970
Pony truss bridge over North Branch Portage River on Mermill Road (CR 28 C)
Open to traffic

Middle Branch Portage River OH 25 Bridge (Wood County, Ohio)
Built 1925
Rainbow arch bridge over Middle Branch Portage River on OH 25
Demolished and replaced. Modern, fake arches attached to replacement.

Mitchell Road Bridge (Wood County, Ohio)
Built ca. 1900; rehabilitated 1936
Pony truss bridge over North Branch Portage River on Mitchell Road
Bridge demolished

NO&W - Portage River Bridge (Sandusky County, Ohio)
Built 1927
Deck plate girder bridge over Portage River on Northern Ohio and Western Railway
Open to traffic

North Branch Portage River OH 25 Bridge (Wood County, Ohio)
Built 1925; replaced in 2003 by concrete bridge with faux arches
Lost rainbow arch bridge over North Branch Portage River on OH 25
Replaced by a new bridge; modern, fake arches added to replacement

NS - Oak Harbor Drawbridge (Ottawa County, Ohio)
Built 1903
Deck plate girder bridge over Portage River on Norfolk Southern Railway
Open to traffic fixed in place

NYC - Portage River Bridge (Wood County, Ohio)
Abandoned pony/through plate girder bridge over Portage River on New York Central Railroad
Abandoned

NYC - Portage River Bridge (Old) (Ottawa County, Ohio)
Replaced in 1915
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Portage River
Replaced by a new bridge

OH51 Portage River Bridge (Ottawa County, Ohio)
Built 1926 by D.H. Overman; demolished and replaced 2020
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Portage River on OH 51 in Elmore
Replaced by a new bridge

Portage River Bridge (Ottawa County, Ohio)
Steel stringer bridge over Portage River on Route 19 Locust Street
Open to traffic

Portage River Bridge (Sandusky County, Ohio)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Portage River on Bridge Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Portage River Bridge (1933) (Ottawa County, Ohio)
Built 1933; rehabilitated 1977 and 2017-18
Bascule bridge over Portage River on Route 163 West Lakeshore Drive in Port Clinton
Open to traffic

Portage River Bridge (Pre 1933) (Ottawa County, Ohio)
Replaced in 1933
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Portage River on Lakeshore Drive
Replaced by a new bridge

Portage River TR 217 Bridge (Hancock County, Ohio)
Lost pony truss bridge over East Branch Portage River on TR 217
Replaced by a new bridge

Portage River TR 243 Bridge (Hancock County, Ohio)
Replaced 2002
Lost pony truss bridge over South Branch Portage River on TR 243
No longer exists

Portage Road-Middle Branch Portage River Bridge (Wood County, Ohio)
Built 1938
Concrete tee beam bridge over Middle Branch Portage River on Portage Road
Open to traffic

Portage View Road Bridge (Wood County, Ohio)
Built ca. 1900; removed before 2011
Pony truss bridge over South Branch Portage River on Portage View Road
Gone

Solether Road Bridge (Wood County, Ohio)
Built ca. 1900; rehabilitated 1989; Removed after 2013
Pony truss bridge over Middle Branch Portage River on Solether Road
Gone

South Branch Portage River TR 218 Bridge (Hancock County, Ohio)
Lost truss bridge over South Prong Portage River on TR 218
Replaced by a new bridge

TPC&L - Portage River Bridge (Ottawa County, Ohio)
Built 1904; One span lost 1923, Removed 1946
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Portage River on Toledo, Port Clinton, & Lakeside Railway
Removed but not replaced

Wayne Road Bridge (Wood County, Ohio)
Lost Parker Through truss bridge over Portage River on Wayne Road
Replaced by a new bridge