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Blue Rock Road Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken May 2006 by Nathan Holth

BH Photo #108252

Timeline 

Compiled by James Baughn

1884
Single-span truss bridge built at this location
Mar. 1913
Old bridge destroyed by flooding
July 1, 1913
Contract for replacement bridge superstructure awarded by Hamilton County to the Brackett Construction Co.
1914
Bridge completed
1947
Wooden deck replaced
1983
Bridge rehabilitated and new steel grate deck added
Nov. 2001
Bridge closed to traffic
Oct. 11, 2006
Main span demolished at 12:30 PM

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over the Miami River on Blue Rock Road at New Baltimore
Location
Hamilton County, Ohio
Status
Demolished Oct. 11, 2006
History
Built 1914; rehabilitated 1970; closed Nov. 2001
Builders
- Brackett Bridge Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio
- Van Camp Brothers
Design
Pin-connected, 17-panel Parker through truss with open steel grating deck
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 458.0 ft.
Total length: 469.2 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.5 ft.
Also called
Singing Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.26339, -84.66756   (decimal degrees)
39°15'48" N, 84°40'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/701230/4348598 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Shandon
Inventory numbers
ODOT 3130762 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 27600 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 30, 2009: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • May 25, 2006: Posted all new photos from Nathan Holth

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Sources 

Comments 

Blue Rock Road Bridge
Posted February 4, 2022, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

1998 view. This thing WAS one big Parker.

Blue Rock Road Bridge
Posted October 18, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Paul,

Worst thing about it is what they could have done for the bridge with what they spent on demolition. This bridge would have been an awesome landmark in the middle of this town, much like Kellogg Avenue would look fabulous carrying the bike/walking path through the Magrish Preserve.

Speaking of Kellogg Avenue, I have never had much luck finding anything on the pre-1923 bridge---other than it was condemned. Think you would have any luck?

Blue Rock Road Bridge
Posted October 18, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Rick,

I second that--especially since the new bridge was built a quarter of a mile downstream on a totally new alignment. New Baltimore could have had a unique symbol of their town if they had preserved the old giant and restored it for pedestrians, similar to Dayton's old Rip Rap Road Bridge except about 1 1/2 times as big. Fortunately Nathan Holth at Historic Bridges.org was able to amass a huge selection of photos of the Blue Rock span before it was demolished.

My childhood landmark was always the Waterville Bridge, https://bridgehunter.com/oh/wood/8702462/. That crossing will never hold the same appeal since they tore it down last year.

Blue Rock Road Bridge
Posted October 18, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Paul,

This one still eats at me, I can't imagine why the need was felt to demolish it. What a waste of money, it was a magnificent structure. It always reminded me of Kellogg Avenue because of the size and the steel floor, a little blast from my childhood.

I would love to know the criteria ( if there is any ) that has spared the precious few versus all the ones that are needlessly demolished.

Blue Rock Road Bridge
Posted October 18, 2021, by Paul Plassman

This is an incredible length for a Parker truss. I did an advanced search and it appears that the Blue Rock Road Bridge possessed the longest traditional pinned Parker truss span (by traditional I mean non-continuous/cantilevered and non-K-Parker) in the Bridgehunter database. Barring a mis-categorization or the possibility of a bridge having been built and removed without being added to the database, it appears that this may have been the longest pin-connected Parker truss span and the longest vehicular Parker ever built in the United States.

I'm surprised that no one has yet added the pre-1913 bridge at New Baltimore as it was an immense single truss span itself.

Blue Rock Road Bridge
Posted September 30, 2008, by gui

none of this shoulda ever happened, truss bridges are the cornerstone of american civil engineering, and how dare a bunch of hoodlums take this away.

Blue Rock Road Bridge
Posted May 1, 2008, by Anonymous

Yeah what he said!

Blue Rock Road Bridge
Posted April 2, 2007, by Anonymous

Yeah! People who destroyed this bridge want to wreslte with Michael Jackson!

Blue Rock Road Bridge
Posted December 23, 2006, by Anonymous

This fine old bridge was taken away! Thats a piece of what a horse leaves on the road to do this! It was almost one of a kind. Elegant it was. Someone or some group ought to suffer a consequence for this! Whoever did this is hot for The Village People(The Music Group)!

Blue Rock Road Bridge
Posted December 5, 2006, by Anonymous

Shame on the mindless county! They tore down one of the best bridges anyone ever seen. This is very devastating and I feel like saying everything in the dictionary. Is ther a MAJOR UPROAR over the demolition?

Blue Rock Road Bridge
Posted October 24, 2006, by Teri Smith (Theresa [dot] smith [at] axa-advisors [dot] com)

I used to go over this bridge as a child. We were hoping that they would save it.

Do you have any photos of the demolition of it?

Also, do you have any photos of the Bridge that used to be nearby in Ross (Venice) Ohio? that was a cool looking bridge and I cant find any pictures of it.

Thanks (Old Bridge fanatic)