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Shade River OH 248 Bridge


Photo taken by Don O'Brien in September 2008


BH Photo #130617

Street View 


Through arch bridge over Shade River on OH 248
Meigs County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built 1926; rehabilitated 2000
Concrete through arch
Length of largest span: 106.0 ft.
Total length: 107.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.08740, -81.92511   (decimal degrees)
39°05'15" N, 81°55'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/419991/4326882 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 5302587 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 28002 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 81 (out of 100)
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Arch (12,653)
Built 1926 (804)
Built during 1920s (10,256)
Concrete pony arch (50)
Have street view (28,893)
Meigs County, Ohio (15)
NR-eligible (4,107)
NR-listed (3,013)
Ohio (4,187)
Open (40,968)
Owned by state (16,554)
Rainbow arch (257)
Select (531)
Span length 100-125 feet (4,554)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,377)

Update Log 

  • April 13, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • December 18, 2008: New photo from Don O'Brien


  • Don O'Brien - dok97 [at] frontier [dot] com
  • Greg Hall - cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com


Shade River OH 248 Bridge
Posted April 14, 2010, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Craig: As Nathan explains, most authorities only make a distinction between "pony" and "through" configurations for truss bridges and not other designs. However, on this site, I generally do try to make the distinction for arch bridges, as this makes the design of the bridge more clear.

For girder bridges, it doesn't really matter, although I've always found the term "through girder" to be ugly: it makes me think of the Robert Stephenson "tubular" girder bridges in the UK that do have overhead bracing. See:



Shade River OH 248 Bridge
Posted April 13, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The term "through" in bridges means that the superstructure is above and beside the deck. It is not required that there be overhead bracing, with the single exception being truss bridges. As you probably already know, with truss bridges, we use the term "pony" to refer to truss bridges without overhead bracing. While this "pony" and "through" set of terms might seem useful with arch bridges, these terms are not used by those in the transportation/bridge industry with any bridge type except truss bridges, at least in my experience. While I know BridgeHunter often labels through plate girders as "pony" plate girders, this is the only place where I have seen that usage with girders.

By the way, in the old days, pony truss bridges were called "low truss" bridges and through truss bridges were called "high truss" bridges.

Arch type and definitions
Posted April 13, 2010, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

This arch is listed as a through arch, help me here, I understand that the roadbed passes "through" the arch with the arch extending above and below the roadbed, but I thought a "through arch" meant there was at least one overhead tying element that connected from one side to the other. I am looking to learn here.