4 votes

Fairhaven Bridge



Photo taken by Jonathan Maxwell

BH Photo #108422


Through truss bridge over Four Mile Creek on Fairhaven-Concord Road
Preble County, Ohio
Replaced and moved to Preble County Historical Society property.
Built 1907
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 86.9 ft.
Total length: 90.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.67741, -84.77191   (decimal degrees)
39°40'39" N, 84°46'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/691089/4394327 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1969)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 6836402 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 28258 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 11.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 11, 2016: New photo from Janis Ford
  • July 18, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status
  • June 25, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • February 16, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added GPS coordinates
  • October 6, 2005: Posted photos from Jonathan Maxwell


  • Jonathan Maxwell - themaxwellshouse [at] roadrunner [dot] com
  • Janis Ford
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth


Fairhaven Bridge
Posted April 24, 2014, by Shawn (shawn [dot] r [dot] dougherty [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was just at the preble county historical society yesterday and saw it piled up next to the creek. Pretty exciting. I think it will be a good home for this old guy.

Fairhaven Bridge
Posted September 15, 2013, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

As I understand it, the bridge will be removed this week (9/17/13). It is to be reassembled on the grounds of the Preble County Historical Society.

Fairhaven Bridge
Posted July 18, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah Nathan...I know.

But it will still NEVER make any sense!!

Fairhaven Bridge
Posted July 18, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Tony, you should know this... its probably one tiny little problem controlling the load limit... if they would fix that one thing, it might jump back to the old limit. Also, I know for a fact that sometimes highway agencies close truss bridges simply because they think they are a liability... even if inspections show they are safe.

Fairhaven Bridge
Posted July 18, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

How do you go from a 24 ton rating to 0? Makes no sense to me!

Fairhaven Bridge
Posted July 17, 2012, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

Sadly, I found the bridge closed when I visited 07/16/12.