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Otway Covered bridge 35-73-15


Otway oh.JPG


BH Photo #223330


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Of course, being that this bridge is in Ohio, the historic metal pony truss was scrapped and replaced. I'm rather surprised they didn't replace it with a fake (over-engineered) Smolen covered bridge.


Smith through truss bridge over Scioto Brush Creek on Old OH 348
Otway, Scioto County, Ohio
Open to pedestrians
Built 1874 by the Smith Bridge Co. Arches added in 1896, 1920's Polygonal Warren Rivetted Pony Truss added as approach, Bypassed in 1963
- Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio
Smith through truss
Length of largest span: 127.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 3, 1974
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.86285, -83.19007   (decimal degrees)
38°51'46" N, 83°11'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/309982/4303836 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 74002280 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 50113 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 24, 2016: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • August 19, 2016: New photos from Janis Ford
  • May 16, 2014: New photo from Don O'Brien
  • March 16, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • January 13, 2012: New Street View added by james back
  • November 10, 2011: Added by J.P.


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • james back
  • Don O'Brien - dok97 [at] frontier [dot] com
  • Janis Ford
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net


Otway Covered bridge 35-73-15
Posted July 21, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I do not know the source of the postcard, but it does not appear that the top of the ends of the bridge protrude like they do today?

After a big time rebuild it looks like a job well done.

Otway Covered bridge 35-73-15
Posted April 4, 2021, by Sharon Haberstroh (shaberstroh [at] woh [dot] rr [dot] com)

You can now drive over the bridge. 4/3/21

Otway Covered bridge
Posted December 3, 2012, by Anonymous

Aw, cool! It's 2, 2, 2 bridges in 1! So I could walk on the metal bridge to the covered bridge but not through it?

Otway Covered bridge
Posted October 7, 2012, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

Sorry, meant to include this one as well.

Otway Covered bridge
Posted October 7, 2012, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

Photo from 10/7/12 showing both the covered bridge & the metal bridge on the east end. Technically, the metal bridge is still open to traffic. Only the covered bridge is closed.

Otway Covered bridge
Posted October 7, 2012, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

3 wooden supports added inside the bridge. Photos taken 10/7/12.