Peters Creek S-Bridge
The Historic National Road in Ohio
Rehabilitating a Landmark
Years of neglect and damage from four successive floods in 2005 resulted in a bridge that was ready to collapse. The “S” bridge had deteriorated to such a degree that simple repair work would not be adequate to save the bridge. Instead, a complete rehabilitation of the bridge was undertaken. This meant removing much of the original structure, then rehabilitating the
The unusual shape of the S-bridge is the result of
the need to find a simple and inexpensive way to
cross streams. In the 1820s and 1830s, when small
bridges were built as part of the National Road, an
arch that crossed directly over the stream required
less labor and material than one that crossed at an
angle. In order to keep the road straight, the
approaches to the bridge had to be offset, giving
the bridge an S-shape.
Erected 2010 by Guernsey County Project Pride.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Bridges & Viaducts • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the The Historic National Road series list.
Location. 40° 0.637′ N, 81° 39.433′ W. Marker is near Cambridge, Ohio, in Guernsey County. Marker is at the intersection of Old National Road (U.S. 40) and Peters Creek
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. S Bridge Renovation (a few steps from this marker); Peters Creek Mile Marker (a few steps from this marker); “S” Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Covered Bridge (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Tingle Tavern (approx. 3˝ miles away); Cambridge (approx. 3.6 miles away); The First Methodist Church (approx. 3.6 miles away); George R. Tingle (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
Additional keywords. Old National Road
Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 8, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 322 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 8, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. 6. submitted on October 10, 2016. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.