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Blaine Hill "S" Bridge


Oblique view

Photo taken 2005 by Gregory S. Hamilton

BH Photo #108134


Three-span stone arch bridge over Wheeling Creek on the National Road at Blaine Hill
Belmont County, Ohio
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1828; rehabilitated 1999
- James Lloyd of Hagerstown, Maryland
- Robert Wilson of Hagerstown, Maryland
Three-span stone arch
Length of largest span: 44.0 ft.
Total length: 345.0 ft.
Deck width: 26.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 17, 2010
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.06683, -80.82112   (decimal degrees)
40°04'01" N, 80°49'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/515254/4435189 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
OH 732141 (Ohio bridge number)
ODOT 732141 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
NRHP 10000082 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 27292 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 24, 2016: New photos from Steve Conro
  • March 12, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • July 15, 2013: Updated by Jill Craig: Added builders
  • May 1, 2006: Posted photos from Gregory S. Hamilton

Related Bridges 



Blaine Hill "S" Bridge
Posted November 4, 2018, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Having just driven the National Road last month, there are at least 4 S bridges: one in Maryland, one in Pennsylvania, and two in Ohio.

Blaine Hill
Posted October 7, 2009, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

To correct the statement below, there are in fact more than two S bridges remaining in the United States.

For example,the "S" Bridge in Washington County, Pennsylvania http://www.historicbridges.org/pennsylvania/sbridge/index.ht... is also a stone S Bridge on the National Road.

There is another in Ohio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22S%22_Bridge_II_%28Muskingum_...

There may be one or two more on the National Road.

Stone arch bridges were built with the S shape to cross rivers not perpendicular to the roadway because the engineering knowledge of a bridge skew was not available at the time.

Blaine Hill
Posted June 3, 2008, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There are only two "S" Bridges in the USA. The Tyrone "S" Bridge (US 62 Bridge) over the Kentucky river in Tyrone, KY and this one. See the Tyrone "S" Bridge photos/info page on this website.

Blaine Hill
Posted March 27, 2008, by Jolene V (joakabridgefreak [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I LOVE these kind of bridges!! And stone arch too! If anyone has any S bridge photos I would love to see them here or feel free to email them to me if you don't mind sharing. S bridges are a rare find and my state don't have any :(. THANKS GUYS!