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Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge 35-04-64


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Photo taken by James Baughn in July 2009


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Modern covered bridge over the Ashtabula River on CR 25 near Ashtabula
Ashtabula County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built 2008
- John Smolen Engineering Co. of Jefferson, Ohio (Design)
- Koski Construction Co. of Ashtabula, Ohio
- Union Industrial Contractors, Inc. of Ashtabula, Ohio
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.85567, -80.76224   (decimal degrees)
41°51'20" N, 80°45'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/519734/4633779 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ashtabula South
Inventory number
BH 43056 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 26, 2021: New Street View added by Paul Plassman
  • November 2, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 2, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added category "Glue-Laminated Timber Bridge"
  • November 2, 2018: New photos from Josh Schmid
  • December 7, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • July 22, 2009: New photos from James Baughn


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Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge 35-04-64
Posted February 10, 2022, by Paul Plassman

While others may have differing opinions, THIS is one modern covered bridge that from my perspective completely merits inclusion on this website. Non-historic, yes; not very pretty, no; but utterly impressive and monumental and completely in the "notable" category.

Plus, the fact that it holds the record as America's longest covered bridge is rather attention-getting, too.

Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge 35-04-64
Posted August 26, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah... This is just another attempt to recreate the past. I wish Ohio would worry more about saving it's true historic spans.

Mr. Smolen's early work of saving the historic covered bridges in Ashtabula County (often with county workers on a shoestring budget) was much more impressive.

Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge 35-04-64
Posted August 17, 2021, by Anonymous

Good luck finding a historic bridge still standing that would span the gap in one go.

Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge 35-04-64
Posted August 17, 2021, by Michael Taylor (battlebotguy2 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

What a waste, this modern mockery of a covered bridge replaced a perfectly good 1949 metal bridge... This thing is ugly and imo was only built to break a record held by a REAL covered bridge built by ACTUAL engineers, and not some idiot with a purchased degree.

Rip it down and replace it with a relocated historic bridge.

Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge 35-04-64
Posted November 2, 2018, by Luke

Pedestrian bridge by the same designer.


Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge 35-04-64
Posted November 2, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Bridge UNDER this one?

Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge
Posted September 6, 2013, by LStauff (LAWPerry [at] aol [dot] com)

It seems as though I have run across this bridge's pictures as well, but not where you might think: eBay. When I am researching something, I start checking eBay every week-to-ten-days for the length of the project (or from its conception) for stray items passing through. Wondering if that is where I've seen it?

Worthwhile to keep watch, anyway. While you might not win the bid, you can right-click on many and at least have a reference image and an idea where to look for another copy.

Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge
Posted October 4, 2010, by Eric Root


Apparently there once was an authentic covered bridge at this location. I would love to find a photo of the 1949 bridge this latest one replaced.