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Waterworks Road Bridge


Waterworks Road Bridge Painting

Painting date: 1964

Painting By Roland Jones. Photo scan courtesy, William Evans


BH Photo #490603


William Evans, Office of Licking County Engineer, provided the following information: Shown on this page is a picture of an original painting of the Pratt truss bridge on Waterworks Rd in Newark, Ohio before the current bridge was built, total length 210 ft (two 105-ft trusses). My grandmother was a nurse at Licking Memorial Hospital and she hired a doctor (and an apparent hobby painter) named Roland Jones to paint this as a gift for my father in 1964. The buildings in the background are Newark's water treatment plant and they look pretty much the same to this day. Also, the pier footing is still visible on days when the water is clear. Our farm was east of the river and we crossed this squeaky piece of junk all the time. It was single-lane and drivers had to yield to anyone already coming through. According to an older sibling, my dad who worked construction took a heavy load across it on one occasion and caused damage that required brief closure for repair. I think the bridge had a 5-ton limit when it was finally retired, Dec 17, 1973. The bridge crossed perpendicular to the river, parallel to the dam. The replacement bridge, built south of the dam, involed major roadway realignment, connecting Waterworks and Cedar Run Roads straight through--a huge improvement.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over North Fork Licking River on Waterworks Road
Newark, Licking County, Ohio
Replaced by a new bridge
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 105.0 ft.
Total length: 210.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.08749, -82.41099   (decimal degrees)
40°05'15" N, 82°24'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/379710/4438421 (zone/easting/northing)
Land survey
Newark Twp
Inventory number
BH 92208 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Licking County, Ohio (90)
Lost (30,504)
Newark, Ohio (23)
Ohio (4,860)
Pratt through truss (6,285)
Pratt truss (10,625)
Replaced by new bridge (20,756)
Span length 100-125 feet (4,636)
Through truss (18,178)
Total length 175-250 feet (4,623)
Truss (37,205)

Update Log 

  • February 10, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • February 21, 2021: Updated by William Evans: Information added
  • February 20, 2021: Added by Nathan Holth


  • Nathan Holth
  • William Evans - bevans [at] lcounty [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Waterworks Road Bridge
Posted February 21, 2021, by William Evans (wevans [at] alink [dot] com)

Check the aerial photo in the mapping feature. The marker is placed on the pier footing which is visible through the water.