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McKeever Pike Bridge

Photos 

1911 E50 Williamsburg Ohio Real Photo RPPC Postcard Clermont East Fork Bridge eBay

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BH Photo #515972

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over East Fork Little Miami River on McKeever Pike
Location
Williamsburg, Clermont County, Ohio
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1879; rehabilitated 1973; replaced 1992; south span remained standing until at least 1995
Design
Two-span, pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 111.9 ft.
Total length: 231.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.05898, -84.05182   (decimal degrees)
39°03'32" N, 84°03'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/755099/4327459 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 1358049 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 96001 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 16, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added Rick's photos & categories "Steel grate deck", "Lattice Railing"
  • January 21, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Adjusted date for when last span was lost
  • January 20, 2022: Added by Paul Plassman

Comments 

McKeever Pike Bridge
Posted March 17, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Yeah that's true, the portals are rather unusual (and nifty) and nothing like what WIBCo usually used.

McKeever Pike Bridge
Posted March 16, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

One possibility is that it could be an older Champion Bridge Company span. I base that guess largely on proximity.

McKeever Pike Bridge
Posted March 16, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I doubt its WIBC they were extremely rigorous in sticking to their designs when building Pratts and Whipples.

McKeever Pike Bridge
Posted March 16, 2022, by Paul Plassman

I'm no builder expert, but looking at the caps over the end posts in the postcard view and the simple verticals w/o lattice or v-lacing, to me it seems like this could be an early WIBCo span, though I've yet to find a WIBCo this age with similar curved portals. Anybody with more builder knowledge than me agree or disagree?

McKeever Pike Bridge
Posted January 21, 2022, by Paul Plassman

I keep thinking that the old bridge, either with one span or two, could have made a nice attraction for a park, being right on the edge of Williamsburg like it was....

McKeever Pike Bridge
Posted January 21, 2022, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Paul,

I'm not sure when they took out the remaining span, but it was still there in '95. Sometime after that we returned and it was gone. But when we were there in '95 for pics, I remember we were relieved that " at least they left the main span ".

I don't know, too many years and too many bridges perhaps, but myself and my wife both remembered this the same.

Regardless, what a waste. I'll presume another situation with liability issues.

GREAT find with the pic!

McKeever Pike Bridge
Posted January 21, 2022, by Paul Plassman

And that pier is impressive!

It looks like they did leave the south span for some time after the new bridge was built, so maybe that's an indicator that the north span was lost at some point after 1984 and replaced with a temporary approach (though it's possible they just removed the north span when they built the new bridge because it was the only one in the way of the new alignment).

McKeever Pike Bridge
Posted January 21, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Bingo!

That curved portal bracing looks familiar....I can't remember what bridge I've seen that on. Might be a clue to the builder.

McKeever Pike Bridge
Posted January 21, 2022, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nathan,

This is another I found one night driving around with my friends, it was quite the sight to come upon suddenly in the dark. I have pics of this stored away, but they are primitive and I'm pretty sure they are of the bypass when only one span is remaining.

It's strange, I only remember one truss and what seemed like an approach span, but as recently as '84 on HA there looks like 2 trusses. I wonder if they could have possibly removed one of the trusses, but if so, would they not have just replaced the bridge right then and there?

McKeever Pike Bridge
Posted January 20, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Unfortunately, unless the SFN is wrong, I am not getting anything, not even an old sheet, in the HBI. Maybe because it was lost so long ago. Would be interested to see what it looked like, any pre 1880 bridge is usually interesting.

McKeever Pike Bridge
Posted January 20, 2022, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Paul,

Great addition, this is another one I forgot about.

As best I recall, this had the main span and an approach on the north side, perhaps a stringer of some type? Would that jive with the build date? As I recall, the approach was rather long, too long for a pony at the time.

When it was replaced, they demolished the approach but left the main span for several years. This is another I have pics of, but I'm pretty sure only the bypassed version.