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Scioto River Bridge


View Looking Across Recently Cultivated Field, With Bridge In Distant Background

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #233680



This bridge was for many years the only highway bridge across the Scioto River in Scioto County. It thus provided a vital road link in addition to crating a bridge for the Portsmouth Street Railway and telephone lines for the Portsmouth Telephone Company. It has been selected as an historic bridge by the Ohio Department of Transportation. It is scheduled to be replaced by 1991, and federal highway funds have been requested for its replacements.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Scioto River on SR Hwy. 73
Scioto County, Ohio
Replaced by new bridge
Built in 1915, replaced in 1998
- Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio
- Portsmouth Street Railway & Light Co.
Pennsylvania through truss
Length of largest span: 327.1 ft.
Total length: 1,505.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.73333, -83.01333   (decimal degrees)
38°43'60" N, 83°00'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/325001/4289109 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
ODOT 7303009 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 52699 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 22, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed error in history information
  • June 22, 2012: Added by Jason Smith


  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • HAER OH-53 - Scioto Pennsylvania Through Truss Bridge, Spanning Scioto River at State Route 73, Portsmouth, Scioto County, OH
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Scioto River Bridge
Posted November 21, 2020, by Rick Shelton (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here are some pretty neat shots of this fellow, including the temp bridge from 1914, courtesy of the Portsmouth Public Library.

Scioto River Bridge
Posted October 19, 2013, by Rick Shelton (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have to dispute the dates regarding this bridge. It suffered supposedly catastrophic damage in the March 1997 flood and sat closed for some time. I have pictures dated 11-97 with it still closed and others dated 2-98 with it under demolition with only 2 spans remaining. Regardless, a sad loss for the bridge community.

Scioto River Bridge
Posted June 22, 2012, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk11 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I got lucky enough to drive over this a few times. But in the mid 90's on the way to Ashland KY, I saw it being razed. There is a plaque in Portsmouth memorializing it at its concrete "cookie cutter" replacement.