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Near Willoughby Hills in Lake County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Pleasant Valley Road Bridge

 
 
The Pleasant Valley Road Bridge Marker, side one image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2019
1. The Pleasant Valley Road Bridge Marker, side one
Inscription.  This single lane Pleasant Valley Road Bridge was constructed in 1881 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, and is a 163 foot-long Whipple Truss double intersection Pratt through truss). It replaced a wooden bridge that portaged the west branch of the Chagrin River a few hundred yards downstream. The structure. one of less than ten of its kind remaining in the state of Ohio, and possibly the longest in Lake County, was built to sustain the Euclid- Chardon Road traffic on U. S. Route 6. Known as the Grand Army of Republic Highway, G. A. R., this major thoroughfare served this purpose until 1952 when a new high level bridge bypass was constructed to the south. The Truss bridge, pleasing to the eye with the artwork and name plates atop the overhead portals, was designed to enhance the bridge’s appearance within the valley.

After the closure in 2001, the bridge was dismantled three years later. The bridge components were transported to the Ohio Bridge Corporation for cleaning and inspection. Those members in need of replacement were cut from high-strength steel and all parts were metalized with a zinc coating.
The Pleasant Valley Road Bridge Marker, side two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2019
2. The Pleasant Valley Road Bridge Marker, side two
The bridge was reassembled on site in 2005 under supervision of U.I.C. General Contractors. The floor system is a combination of structural timber and metalized high-strength steel. The deck supporting traffic is made with 3" x 4" treated yellow pine boards with an asphalt overlay. The majority of the bridge truss visible above the roadway is the original wrought iron material forged in 1881. This County project shared funding from federal, county and city levels. The bridge is now owned and maintained by the city of Willoughby Hills.
 
Erected 2006 by the Willoughby Hills Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 26-43.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 35.388′ N, 81° 24.136′ W. Marker is near Willoughby Hills, Ohio, in Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Dodd Road, on the left when traveling east on Pleasant Valley Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 38002 Pleasant Valley Rd, Willoughby OH 44094, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kirtland Temple (approx. 3.2 miles away); Four Institutions of Learning (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Willoughby University of Lake Erie Medical College 1834-1847
The Pleasant Valley Road Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2019
3. The Pleasant Valley Road Bridge and Marker
(approx. 3.4 miles away); Willoughby Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Willoughby Civil War Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); A. Y. Austin Post 74, G.A.R. Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Cora Gaines Carrel (approx. 3.4 miles away); Mormon Community (approx. 3½ miles away).
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
The Pleasant Valley Road Bridge image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2019
4. The Pleasant Valley Road Bridge
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 25, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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