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Old C&O Auto Bridge

Photos 

Co card5

Public Domain: Published Prior to 1923

BH Photo #501692

Description 

This bridge cost $3,348,675 and provided a clearance of 105' above low water on the Ohio River. The 550' center span was the longest simple-truss span in the world from its completion until 1906, when it was surpassed by the Lost Bridge over the Great Miami River at Elizabethtown.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pennsylvania through truss over Ohio River on US 127 (Formerly C&O Railroad)
Location
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, and Kenton County, Kentucky
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1889; Converted to road 1929; Replaced 1974
Builder
- William H. Burr
Railroad
- Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O; CO)
Design
Pin-connected Pennsylvania through truss (Camelback format)
Three spans of 490', 550', 490' with extensive approach viaducts. Middle span consisted of 20 panels, with the two side spans each having 18 panels.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 550.0 ft.
Total length: 4,812.0 ft. (0.9 mi.)
Also called
US 127 Ohio River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.09109, -84.51923   (decimal degrees)
39°05'28" N, 84°31'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/714552/4329815 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 93684 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 18, 2022: New photos from Paul Plassman
  • July 20, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • July 19, 2021: New photo from Luke

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