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Piqua Utilities Bridge

Photos 

Bridge sign

Photo taken by Paul Plassman in August 2021

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BH Photo #503220

Street View 

Description 

May have carried a pipeline or conduit at one time as the walkway only takes up part of the bridge's width. Trusses are very lightweight and the bridge is restricted to 1 person at a time.

Facts 

Overview
Parker through truss bridge over Great Miami River on Great Miami River Trail
Location
Piqua, Miami County, Ohio
Status
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
Replacement pedestrian bridge to be constructed downstream 2022-2023
History
Built sometime between 1959 and 1972
Design
16 panel bolted Parker through truss span with polygonal top chord and through plate girder approaches.
Also called
Great Miami River Trail Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.13245, -84.23591   (decimal degrees)
40°07'57" N, 84°14'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/735500/4446120 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 93958 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Girder (11,222)
Great Miami River (96)
Have street view (29,155)
Miami County, Ohio (74)
Ohio (4,291)
Open to pedestrians (4,596)
Parker through truss (1,416)
Parker truss (1,812)
Piqua, Ohio (18)
Plate girder (8,770)
Through girder (4,210)
Through truss (17,180)
Truss (35,926)

Update Log 

  • November 16, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added built range based on historic aerials
  • November 13, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added truss type
  • August 29, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Changed name per link in forum comment and added future prospects
  • August 20, 2021: New Street View added by Paul Plassman
  • August 18, 2021: Added by Paul Plassman

Sources 

  • Paul Plassman

Comments 

Great Miami River Trail Bridge
Posted August 29, 2021, by Luke

The park they're talking about building the MOB in is to the south of this bridge. I have a feeling that it's not going to be demolished, given that it's a utility structure, but the stairs will either be blocked off or removed entirely.

Great Miami River Trail Bridge
Posted August 29, 2021, by Paul Plassman

That's too bad. A modern prefabricated bridge may do the job just as well, but it will never be as interesting. This bridge is somewhat of an experience because it is extremely narrow and quite high up (and the one person limit sign adds a little to the thrill!). Also, it is right downstream of the Piqua power plant dam, whereas the location for the new bridge appears to be much farther downstream.

Now that I know this bridge may not be accessible much longer I'm extra glad I visited it when I did!

Great Miami River Trail Bridge
Posted August 29, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Doesn't sound good!

A shame because this is a fairly old and rather unique pedestrian bridge. It could certainly be repaired and the deck widened... as it appears to have originally been built.

Great Miami River Trail Bridge
Posted August 29, 2021, by Luke

I believe this is the utilities bridge mentioned, so the trail on it is doomed, but I doubt the bridge itself is.

Great Miami River Trail Bridge
Posted August 29, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)