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Hemple Road Bridge


Photo taken by Greg Hall


BH Photo #148721

Street View 


Pennsylvania through truss bridge on TR 46 (Hemple Road) over Bear Creek
Englewood, Montgomery County, Ohio
bypassed by new bridge
Bypassed and closed in 1994
Riveted Pennsylvania through truss
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Bear Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.68730, -84.31717   (decimal degrees)
39°41'14" N, 84°19'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/730062/4396492 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
758 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
ODOT 5740509 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 28079 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,941)
Built 1927 (894)
Built during 1920s (10,284)
Bypassed (186)
Englewood, Ohio (2)
Have street view (29,200)
Montgomery County, Ohio (77)
NR-eligible (4,117)
Ohio (4,292)
Owned by township (3,304)
Pennsylvania truss (586)
Select (531)
Through truss (17,211)
Truss (35,962)

Update Log 

  • March 31, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added Google Street View.
  • July 29, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: stream crossed, date
  • July 29, 2009: Updated by Greg Hall: added GPS, elevation, and waterway name
  • April 23, 2009: Updated by J.P.
  • December 4, 2008: Updated by James F. Gentner


  • James F. Gentner - jfgentner678 [at] aol [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Greg Hall - cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger


Hemple Road Bridge
Posted November 24, 2017, by Andy Brown (andman433 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Straightening happened in 1994 when the bridge closed. To my knowledge, nothing of any value was unearthed when the new bridge went in. I walked the area as a teenager just about every night after the workers had left for the day. It really was a sight to see.

Hemple Road Bridge
Posted June 18, 2014, by Jim Hartsell (jim2 [at] jdhartsell [dot] com)

Does anyone know if human bones were dug up when Hemple Road was straightened? I believe the north side of the road near Bear Creek was the site of a mass grave for fatalities of the 1833 cholera epidemic. These people from Ellerton were buried in a remote location out of fear.

When did the straightening happen? Long before the bridge was closed in 1994? In the 1950's?

Hemple Road Bridge
Posted February 2, 2010, by Andy Brown (browna2 [at] fuse [dot] net)

Hello. I lived at the house right across the street from the hemple rd. bridge all my life and have some interesting stories to tell. One winter when i was very young, A Jeep Crashed into the side of the bridge and severly bent the steel railings on the side. The Bridge Stayed that way until 1994 when the bridge was closed to traffic. It was closed for several weeks with just "Road Closed" Signs up in front of it. Alot of people, "Including my family" moved the signs to the side as it was easier to cross the bridge to get to Union Rd. As opposed to backtracking to germantown liberty and going back to union that way.This was solved by a backhoe coming in and tearing up a portion of the blacktop that was on the bridge. The Bridge was totally covered by a Tarp, Sandblasted, resurfaced and Totally repainted in the restoration process. Also, the Damaged Railing was fixed in the process. There was a parking lot on the end of the bridge that was removed a few years after it was made. If Anyone wants pictures of the restoration process and construction of the new bridge, please let me know. me and my sister documented it as it was happening..

Hemple Road Bridge
Posted November 22, 2009, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

According to Historical Imagery in Google Earth, the bypass hadn't been created in 1994... so the bridge was active up until at least 1994

Hemple Road Bridge
Posted July 29, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A nice bridge, looks like it is in excellent condition.

Hemple Road Bridge
Posted October 2, 2008, by Anonymous

What stream does this bridge span?

Hemple Road Bridge
Posted October 2, 2008, by Dave Combs (davecombs [at] earthlink [dot] net)

This bridge is closed to vehicular traffic; Hemple Road was straightened and the bridge was replaced by a simple culvert bridge. I'm in the process of trying to find some more info on this bridge (like when it was decommissioned). A picture is attached. GPS coordinates are N39 41 14.73 / W84 18 59.11.