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Main Street Bridge (New)


Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in April 2010


BH Photo #161507



Main Street Bridge carries Main Street over the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio. It is the first single inclined arch suspension bridge in North America and the fifth in the world to use an inclined arch superstructure.


Steel arch bridge over Scioto River on West Main Street
Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio
Opened to two-way traffic on 5/27/11
Replaced an open spandrel concrete arch bridge built in 1937, closed in 2000.
- DLZ of Louisville, Kentucky (Columbus, Ohio Office; Designer)
- Kokosing Construction Co., Inc. of Westerville, Ohio
Inclined, Single-rib, tied steel arch bridge, with steel box girder supports
Length of largest span: 400.2 ft.
Total length: 700.0 ft.
Deck width: 53.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.95601, -83.00637   (decimal degrees)
39°57'22" N, 83°00'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/328620/4424802 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Southwest Columbus
Inventory number
BH 44806 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 9, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added category "Scioto River"
  • January 10, 2018: New photo from Chad Wilkins
  • January 5, 2018: New photo from Chad Wilkins
  • February 27, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Text
  • April 15, 2012: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • June 13, 2011: Updated by Jim Grey: Bridge has been opened.
  • April 8, 2010: Added by Calvin Sneed

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Main Street Bridge (New)
Posted June 14, 2011, by Anonymous


Main Street Bridge (New)
Posted June 13, 2011, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Without expressing any opinion regarding the old bridge... I like this new bridge and yes, I do like modern interpretations of "the arch". The single arch leaves even the casual observer wondering how the various forces in the structure are balanced and the architectural gesture to the past while looking to the future, it really works for me.

Main Street Bridge (New)
Posted June 13, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I just don't "DO" these new, futuristic spans that look like they belong in the movie TRON.

I will take a wonderful truss bridge or a graceful concrete arch over one of these things any day.

Main Street Bridge (New)
Posted June 13, 2011, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

I explored this bridge the Sunday after it opened to traffic. While I certainly lament the loss of the gorgeous bridge it replaced, I rather liked this new bridge and think it adds to the city.

Main Street Bridge
Posted April 8, 2010, by Nathan Holth

This modern and gaudy "thing" that looks like its was designed by drunk engineers and appears about to tip over replaced a handsome open spandrel deck arch bridge that had a great deal of historic significance and was one of the most beautiful and historically unaltered examples of art deco design in a bridge I have ever seen. The demolition of this bridge was shameful and it shows that Columbus is a city that does not care for its heritage in the way other big cities like Chicago do. Unfortunately, I only have a few photos of the arch bridge. I was just getting into my work with historic bridges when I visited this bridge and I did not realize how rare (or doomed) it truly was. http://www.historicbridges.org/ohio/columbus_main/index.htm