|Bridge Name||Facility Carried / Feature Intersected||Location||Structure Type||Construction Date and Builder/Engineer|
||Toledo Street (OH-51) Over Portage River||Elmore: Ottawa County, Ohio||Concrete Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed||1926 By Builder/Contractor: D. H. Overman|
|Main Span Length||Structure Length||Roadway Width||Main Spans||NBI Number|
|76 Feet (23.2 Meters)||282.2 Feet (86 Meters)||30 Feet (9.1 Meters)||2||6201202|
This bridge is a highly attractive, traditionally composed arch bridge. It retains original, unaltered railings. The bridge shows evidence of minor to moderate spalling. The time to preserve this bridge is now before structural and historic integrity is lost due to spalling. This is a preservation feasible and worthy structure in a county with relatively few historic bridges. The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a 2 lane street over a stream in Elmore.
The 3 span, 282'-long, reinforced-concrete arch bridge is finished with concrete balustrades. There are plain pilasters at the piers and the spandrel walls are plainly finished except for a series of widely spaced dentils that repeat the pattern of the balustrade posts. There is loss of fabric from spalling in the balustrades, spandrels, arch rings, and substructure.
Loss of original fabric from spalling.
Summary of Significance
The 1926 arch bridge is NR-listed (1994). Although somewhat formulaic in its aesthetic details, it is one of the first significant arch bridges attributable to D. H. Overman, who would go on to become the state
highway department's arch expert and head design engineer. As such, the bridge marks the start of a distinguished career with the state highway department.
The bridge is one of over 210 extant examples built in the state starting in 1897. It was during the first decade of the 20th century that the bridge type gained currency, and in Ohio the golden age of reinforced concrete arches was the two decades following World War I when over 140 of the remaining examples were constructed by cities, counties, and the bridge division of the state highway department under the leadership of J.R. Burkey and D. H. Overman.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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