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46th Street Bridge




BH Photo #184865


Street View 


Lost Pratt deck truss bridge over Ashtabula River on 46th Street in Ashtabula
Ashtabula, Ashtabula County, Ohio
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1896, closed to traffic in 1981; replaced 1986
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio (Engineering + Erection)
- Osborn Engineering Co. of Cleveland, Ohio (Consulting Engineer)
Pin-connected Pratt deck truss
Total length: 916.5 ft.
Deck width: 30.0 ft.
Also called
Spring Street Bridge
High Level Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.86477, -80.77911   (decimal degrees)
41°51'53" N, 80°46'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/518332/4634785 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ashtabula South
Inventory number
BH 46809 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 28, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added replacement date
  • August 26, 2021: New Street View added by Paul Plassman
  • January 1, 2018: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 24, 2016: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 7, 2010: Added by Eric Root



46th Street Bridge
Posted May 29, 2014, by Ed Carroll (musicmkr [at] cox [dot] net)

Drove or walked across the bridge every day on the way to Ashtabula High in the 60s. Don't know when they started putting asphalt on the roadbed but it had to be replaced a lot because they were putting the asphalt on top of 4x4s ? The boards would shift, cracking the asphalt. Walking or bicycling across on the side walk was quite a trip. If you went fast enough the spaces between the boards did a kaleidoscope effect and it was almost as though you were walking on air looking down at the river and the Gulf. Not a good place for high heels. Also not quite such a treat in the winter with the wind blowing off the Lake at 20˚F

A lot of us used the support towers for a great jungle gym because there was easy access around the sides at the west end of the bridge. Great picture collection!

46th Street Bridge
Posted January 26, 2012, by Russell Blackburn (tnbuckeye35 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Lord those pictures bring back memorys of my teens walking across that bridge after it was closed to traffic.I think the 1st picture was takken from the top of the parking garage on the west side also the locals used to and some of us still call it the spring street bridge.You can,t tell from the pictures but it was painted a somewhat bright green