Knox County Bridges
Donald Edgar Boyd
Arcadia Publishing, 2008 - History - 127 pages
Knox County had its beginnings at the confluence of the waters of Center Run with the Kokosing River. This pictorial history of the spanning of area waterways is mostly a story of disasters. Many of the photographs are of the wreckage of failed bridges and what is left of the vehicles that brought them down. They depict a county highway department that was only reactive. The practice was to send the crews out to pick up the pieces and then figure out how to repair or replace the bridge. Changes began to occur with the Silver Bridge disaster in 1967 over the Ohio River, as the federal government instituted inspection of all public bridges at two-year intervals. With the information afforded through inspections and additional funding mechanisms, counties by the mid-1980s had the tools to be proactive toward bridge maintenance. A scheduled plan to inspect structures for repairs or replacement prior to failure began to occur. During this period, construction materials other than timber--stronger and longer-lasting materials--became the norm, thus saving lives.
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35 Pipesville Road abutments Akron and Columbus Berlin Township Betty Chapman Big Run Road Botton Chord Bridge Card bridge is located bridge was built bridge was replaced Brinkhaven Brown Township Butler Township Carson Road Clear Span Clinton Township Columbus Railroad concrete County Engineer's Office County Highway 35 County Highway Department Courtesy of Betty damage flood Floor Above Low Floor Beams—Size Fredericktown Gilchrist Road Height of Floor Height Top Chord Highway 35 Pipesville Highway 8 Gilchrist Hilliar Township Howard Township Jackson Township Kind of Substructure Knox County bridges Knox County Engineer's Kokosing River Load Limit location is unknown Main Street Bridge Map Ref Middlebury Township mill Monroe Township Morris Morris Township Mount Vernon Pike Township pony truss repairs replacement bridge Road crosses Roadway Width Route 36 Schenck Creek South Main Street steel truss Stringers—Kind structure timber flooring Township Road 377 Township Road 401 truck truss bridge viaduct Wayne Township