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Fitchville Bridge 1929 - 2013

 
 
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By Denise Boose, July 26, 2021
1. Fitchville Bridge 1929 - 2013 Marker
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The previous bridge, which carried U.S. Route 250 over the Vermilion River was a six-span, open spandrel, concrete Rib-arch design. It was built for the Ohio Department of Highways, after the previous bridge, built in 1885, collapsed under a heavy truckload in March of 1928. The replacement bridge contract was awarded to William A. Yeagle of Clyde, Ohio at a cost of $34,802.17, on June 15, 1928.

The bridge was determined eligible for listing in the national register of historic places in 2006 by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office and Ohio Department of Transportation as representative example of an open-spandrel concrete arch, designed by M.X. Wisda and D.H. Overman, of the Ohio Department of Highways Bureau of Bridges, a recognized leader in bridge design across the country during the late 1920's and 1930's.

Mr. Overman worked as a design engineer in the Bureau of Bridges from 1925 through 1964. His Bridge designs were known for their aesthetic details, custom railings, and light graceful, appearance. The Fitchville Bridge was drawn shortly after Overman's contribution in the 1927-built Ashtabula Viaduct, a 1200-foot-long
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By Denise Boose, July 26, 2021
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open-spandrel arch, which spanned the Ashtabula River Valley on U.S. Route 20. In his Fitchville design, Overman employed simple classical revival aesthetics in its recessed panels on the four large railing posts at the corner of the main, spans, arched openings in the original railing, capitals on the spandrel columns, and curved concrete consoles under the deck.

The earliest concrete arch bridges were of the closed spandrel type, in which the arches are sealed and filled with dirt to support the roadway. Advances in steal-reinforced concrete allowed for the development of bridges with "Open Spandrels", creating a graceful, visual appeal, enhancing the scenic and prominent locations where they were chosen. A similar open spandrel arch bridge was built in 1933 at Wakeman, on U.S.20, crossing the vermilion River.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureBridges & ViaductsRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1928.
 
Location. 41° 5.636′ N, 82° 29.284′ W. Marker is in Fitchville, Ohio, in Huron County. Marker is at the intersection of Ohio Route 13 and Crescent Road (County Road 147), on the right when traveling north on State Route 13. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New London OH 44851, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Golden Age Nursing Home Fire / Killed in the Fire
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By Denise Boose, July 26, 2021
3. Fitchville Roadside Park
(within shouting distance of this marker); Early Catholic Missionary Settlement (approx. 10.8 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 12 miles away); Wakeman Red Cap Field (approx. 12 miles away); Civil War Soldiers Memorial (approx. 12 miles away); Huron County Court House 1913 (approx. 12.2 miles away); Site of the Preston-Wickham Home (approx. 12.2 miles away); Civil War Veterans Monument (approx. 12.2 miles away).
 
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By Denise Boose, July 26, 2021
4. Fitchville Bridge 1929 - 2013 Marker
State of Ohio Roadside Park Developed by State Highway Department Assisted by National Youth Administration 1939
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 31, 2021, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 31, 2021, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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