Rating:
6 votes

Harpersfield Covered Bridge 35-04-19

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken by Jonathan Maxwell

BH Photo #108121

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Two-span covered bridge with steel through truss approach over Grand River on Harpersfield Road
Location
Ashtabula County, Ohio
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1868; northern approach added 1913 by the Riverside Bridge Co.; rehabiliated 1991-92
Builder
- Riverside Bridge Co. of Martins Ferry, Ohio (Metal Truss Span)
Design
From south to north:
Two timber, covered Howe through truss spans, total length 228 ft.
One steel, 8-panel Pratt through truss span, length 140 ft.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 136.2 ft.
Total length: 139.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 3, 1975
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.75545, -80.94449   (decimal degrees)
41°45'20" N, 80°56'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/504615/4622626 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Geneva
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
657
Inventory numbers
ODOT 432466 and 432482 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
NRHP 75001315 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
ODOT 432466 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 27248 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 66.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 23, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 19, 2021: New photos from Carl Crasher
  • January 2, 2020: New photos from Michael Miller
  • November 2, 2018: New photos from Josh Schmid
  • April 14, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • December 7, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • August 13, 2015: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • March 13, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • March 12, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added street view and imported photos
  • September 17, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • March 21, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added metal truss builder.
  • July 22, 2009: New photos from James Baughn
  • July 25, 2005: Posted photos from Jonathan Maxwell

Sources 

  • Jonathan Maxwell - themaxwellshouse [at] roadrunner [dot] com
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Richard Doody
  • Josh Schmid
  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs

Comments 

Harpersfield Covered Bridge 35-04-19
Posted March 21, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

That's true. Ohio has a penchant for tearing down bridges or inundating them.

Harpersfield Covered Bridge 35-04-19
Posted March 21, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

As it's Ohio... It could be worse. 😒

Harpersfield Covered Bridge 35-04-19
Posted March 21, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

That's not good. But I wonder if the northern Ohio winters have done a lot of damage to this span. Hopefully when they are done replacing the bridge, it'll at least retain something of a historic appearance and not look like something some hobbyist glued up in his garage.

Harpersfield Covered Bridge 35-04-19
Posted March 21, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I was provided the Stage 3 Plans for this project, although I did not view the final bid package. This is not an in-kind restoration, I was told this was funded as a "total replacement" originally, the implication being us bridge historians should not complain I guess. But this historic metal truss span will see ALL diagonal members replaced, ALL vertical members replaced, and ALL lower chord will be replaced, leaving only the end posts, top chord, and overhead bracing as original. The bridge will be fully dismantled and will be hot dip galvanized. Bolts instead of rivets will be used.

As for the covered bridge they estimates 50% of diagonal replacement. They also are replacing the floor which is not original.

Harpersfield Covered Bridge 35-04-19
Posted March 20, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

I wonder if they'll go for the hot dip galvanizing technique for the Deputy Robert Tanner Memorial Bridge.

Harpersfield Covered Bridge 35-04-19
Posted March 20, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Scheduled to be closed for a rehabilitation of both the covered bridge and the steel truss. The article states that the metal truss will be galvanized, so I assume that Ohio Bridge will be subcontracted for the work on it.

Given that it's Ohio, I'm pleased they didn't choose to scrap the metal span and go with a fake covered replacement.

https://www.starbeacon.com/news/local_news/commissioners-app...

Harpersfield Covered Bridge 35-04-19
Posted October 6, 2017, by Tracy Risley (rolyatycart [at] aol [dot] com)

I got married at this bridge. It was amazing.

Harpersfield Covered Bridge 35-04-19
Posted June 7, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

as per an article printed in the reading eagle located in reading pa. 6-7-15 in the life section of the paper they went into great detail about this bridge.especially about when it was built and when the truss bridge was added.this combination truss/covered bridge would be a bridge I would like to see.being from pa. it is no problem for me to drive there.