Town Street Bridge
The second Town Street Bridge, a closed spandrel concrete arch bridge, crossed the Scioto River at this location from 1921 to 2009. The bridge was designed by the firm of Braun, Fleming and Knollman, and was built by the D. W. McGrath and Sons Company.
It replaced an iron truss bridge that was destroyed by the Great Flood of 1913. Many concrete arch bridges were built in Columbus and other Ohio cities after the devastating flood because earlier examples of concrete arch bridges had withstood the raging waters.
After the flood, the River Channel Improvement Project was implemented to rebuild bridges and to control future flooding with new reservoirs, levees, and restraining walls. In the 1920s and 1930s new buildings were constructed to form the Civic Center, including Central High School (now COSI), City Hall, the Central Police Center, the State Office Building (now the Judicial Center), and the Federal Court House and Post Office. The Broad Street and Towne Street Bridges were parallel structures that connected the Civic Center on opposite banks of the Scioto River. The Neoclassical-style bridges with their wide arches and urn shaped balusters were harmonious with the unified classical look of the Civic Center. The Civic Center Historic District was determined in 1988 to be historically significant and
Location. 39° 57.475′ N, 83° 0.358′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Rich Street (U.S. 62) and Washington Blvd, on the right when traveling west on Rich Street. Touch for map. Marker is at the west abutment of the new bridge Town Street becomes Rich Street at Washington Blvd. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus OH 43215, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Columbus Feeder Canal / The Ohio- Erie Canal (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Columbus Civic Center Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battleship U.S.S. Ohio (approx. ¼ mile away); Central High School (approx. ¼ mile away); Broad Street Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Memorial Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Scioto River Historical Marker (approx. ¼ mile away); World War Memorial Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 4, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.