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 bridge. Work on the structure began in the spring of 2007 and was completed in November. Using modern tools and materials, the bridge was not only rehabilitated, but it was also strengthened
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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
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 Road (County Route 416), on the right when traveling west on Old National Road. Touch for map. Marker is in a small park at the east end of the bridge. There are multiple markers at this site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4698 Peters Creek Road, Cambridge OH 43725, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Additional keywords. Old National Road
Categories. • Architecture • Bridges & Viaducts • Roads & Vehicles •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 122 times since then. 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.