Rating:
4 votes

Gaysport Bridge (1971)

Photos 

Photo taken by Greg Hall

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BH Photo #131640

Street Views 

Description 

This bridge is noteworthy as the longest pony truss bridge in Ohio.

Facts 

Overview
Massive Warren pony truss bridge over Muskingum River on CR 66
Location
Gaysport, Muskingum County, Ohio
Status
Closed
Future prospects
Planned for replacement between 2023-2025
History
Built 1971 by the Ohio Bridge Corp.; rehabilitated 1971
Builder
- U.S. Bridge/Ohio Bridge Corp. of Cambridge, Ohio
Design
Polygonal Warren pony truss on stone substructure from previous bridges
West to east:
2 steel stringer spans
4 polygonal Warren pony truss spans
1 steel stringer span
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 140.1 ft.
Total length: 688.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Also called
Muskingum River CR 66 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.80389, -81.89333   (decimal degrees)
39°48'14" N, 81°53'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/423527/4406372 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Philo
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
2,917
Inventory numbers
ODOT 6031307 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 28151 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 20 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 31, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added categories "Multiple span pony truss", "Stone piers"
  • July 2, 2022: New photo from Brandon Cooper
  • March 31, 2022: New Street View added by Brandon Cooper
  • February 20, 2022: New photos from Paul Plassman
  • January 27, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added design details and that bridge is Ohio's longest pony truss
  • August 22, 2020: New photos from Jeff Shroyer
  • June 22, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 22, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 21, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • October 1, 2015: New Street View added by Brandon Cooper
  • July 31, 2014: New Street View added by Brandon Cooper

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Greg Hall - cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com
  • Janis Ford
  • Brandon Cooper
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Jeff Shroyer - shroyer100 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Paul Plassman
  • Newspaper Archive

Comments 

Gaysport Bridge
Posted April 12, 2021, by Brandon Cooper

This bridge is getting ready to get its fracture critical inspection and will remain closed until results are announced.

Gaysport Bridge
Posted December 29, 2017, by Brandon Cooper

I really don't understand why Muskingum County neglected these two bridges, but it shows what happens when you neglect and have no crossing for many miles. If you want to cross the river by truck, you either have to go across at Zanesville or go to McConnellsville.

Gaysport Bridge
Posted July 7, 2017, by Anonymous

The stoplight is a point of aggravation with the locals. It seems it is more put in place to artificially allow semi trucks and other heavy loads to cross the river here instead of the much worse bridge at Philo. the light causes a large string of traffic to cross the bridge at once, effectively counteracting the 'one lane' policy anyway.

This bridge receives more traffic but is the scapegoat for the upriver one.

Gaysport Bridge
Posted October 21, 2016, by Brandon Cooper

This bridge appears to be on its last legs as it has a full-time stop light to keep traffic at a minimum. A shame it is coming to that