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McConnelsville-Malta Bridge (1913)


Photo taken by Greg Hall


BH Photo #131642


Street View 


Fourth bridge built at this location.


Parker through truss swing bridge over Muskingum River on County Road 203 in McConnelsville
McConnelsville, Morgan County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built 1913 by the Oregonia Bridge Co. of Lebanon, Oh.; rehabilitated 1991
- Oregonia Bridge Co. of Lebanon, Ohio
From southwest to northeast:
One 7-panel Parker through truss
One 11-panel Parker through truss, 203 ft. long
One swing through truss sitting on pivot pier (no longer movable)
All spans have vertical endposts
Length of largest span: 203.1 ft.
Total length: 566.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Malta-McConnelsville Bridge
Muskingum River Bridge
Morgan County Veterans Memorial Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.64833, -81.85833   (decimal degrees)
39°38'54" N, 81°51'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/426357/4389078 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 5835712 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 28090 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 40 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 2, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 13, 2020: New photos from Matthew Hemmer
  • November 20, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • January 5, 2013: Updated by Robert Thompson: Removed "Moveable" from categories. This is a fixed span.
  • January 25, 2012: New Street View added by James Baughn

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McConnelsville Bridge
Posted September 6, 2019, by Colton Tabler (plantsvillekid [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge will be closed to vehicles soon and allow foot traffic only.

Muskingum River CR 203 Bridge
Posted January 12, 2013, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I am not trying to sell the book on the link below but the cover is my picture of this bridge.

Muskingum River CR 203 Bridge
Posted January 12, 2013, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)
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Posted June 2, 2012, by Gary Case (deputydog53 [at] comcast [dot] net)

how come you dont mention that the McConnelsville side last span in on a pier It's a pivoting bridge, look at the following pics,http://www.flickr.com/photos/digital_outdoors/4630832146/in/photostream/

Muskingum River CR 203 Bridge
Posted August 16, 2011, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is a success story that other communities grappling with their historic bridges can take a lesson from. McConnellsville built their slab bridge several blocks upstream from this bridge. Then they routed all the trucks onto the slab and put weight restrictions on the Historic Bridge while preserving it. When the money became available they rehabilitated the historic bridge. Now they have a bridge that is a historic centerpiece of their town. Other towns need to have the foresight to realize how lucky they are to still have their truss and cantilever bridges. There are so many advantages to have two river crossings as well. Now if something goes wrong on the modern bridge emergency vehicles can cross the historic bridge. Cudos to McConnelsville, it is amazing that a town in the heart of the hills of Southeast Ohio that many people would consider to be backwater would have his much foresight. I grew up about 20 miles south of this community in Beverly, OH.

Muskingum River CR 203 Bridge
Posted August 11, 2008, by Greg and Olivia Hall (cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com)

Road sign at bridge states SR 669, Delorme shows 3rd street. GPS taken on sight was N39 38.901, W81 51.514

Photo 1- Looking West

Photo 2- Looking East

Photo 3- PLaque on West end

Photo 4- Looking East

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