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Sidney Bridge


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Photo taken by James Baughn in July 2009


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Through truss bridge over Great Miami River on Childrens Home Road in Sidney
Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1906 by the Champion Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1973; bypassed ca. 1997
- Champion Bridge Co. of Wilmington, Ohio
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 120.1 ft.
Total length: 345.2 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Also called
Gearhart Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.27380, -84.15393   (decimal degrees)
40°16'26" N, 84°09'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/741982/4462033 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1997)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 7540183 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 28407 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2009)
Sufficiency rating: 26.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 19, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • November 19, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • July 8, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • February 8, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • July 22, 2009: New photos from James Baughn

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  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net


Sidney Bridge
Posted December 31, 2011, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk11 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

What a perfect bridge for a preservation. What would be great is to have local engineering students get hands-on experience using it as a major project.

Sidney Bridge
Posted June 26, 2008, by Chad Kelham (ckelham [at] ballstate [dot] bsu [dot] edu)


You're right about that one as far as the Big Four bridge goes. I'm knocking myself out already just thinking about it.

I meant the CSX concrete-arch bridge located directly north of the Children's Home Road/Gearhart Road bridge (& BTW isn't hard to miss); if anyone hasn't been around to check the CSX concrete-arch bridge, they should; it's one of Sidney's most enduring (& most historical) landmarks.

Sidney Bridge
Posted June 25, 2008, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Well, Chad, grab a camera and start shooting.

I thought the Big Four bridge was between Indiana and Kentucky?


Sidney Bridge
Posted June 25, 2008, by Chad Kelham (ckelham [at] ballstate [dot] bsu [dot] edu)

The Sidney Bridge (or the Gearhart Road bridge) doesn't get the accolades or love which its next door neighbor, the CSX Big Four Bridge, receives in spades. If someone could get some pics of this puppy up, awesome.

And speaking of the CSX Big Four bridge, can we give this historical landmark its rightful due by getting some pics up? It'd be just as fantastic; not only that, but for those who care a whole lot about preserving historical bridges like these two I just mentioned, it would also mean a great deal about keeping landmarks of this magnitude around for years to come.