Broad Street Bridge Historical

Broad Street Bridge Historical (HM1TG5)

Location: Columbus, OH 43215 Franklin County
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N 39° 57.682', W 83° 0.374'

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The Historic National Road in Ohio

The Broad Street bridge is a significant part of the history of Columbus and the National Road. Until 1816, the only ways to cross the Scioto River were to ford the river during low water or to use the ferry. From 1816 to 1834 a series of wooden toll bridges were built to span the river. In 1834, the National Road Bridge was constructed. This covered bridge was free of any tolls and remained in service until replaced by an iron truss bridge in 1883. The flood of 1913 heavily damaged that bridge.
In conjunction with the 1908 Master Plan for redevelopment of the city, a new bridge would be built to withstand future floods. Design and construction of the bridge started during World War I, The Federal government promoted the use of concrete instead of structural steel in local civic projects, since steel was needed for the war effort. Built in a Renaissance Revival style with seven arch spans, the bridge could carry four lanes of automobile traffic and two trolley lines. Despite three floods during construction, the cost of the bridge actually came in under the original estimates.
Completed in 1921, the bridge was named in honor of veterans of World War I. In 1927, a plaque commemorating the National Road was placed on the bridge.
In 1990, the seven span, earth filled, barrel-vaulted bridge was removed, and work began on the
present five span plate-arch structure.
Original commemorative plaques and a section of the limestone balustrade railing from the 1921 structure are located in a memorial park at the west end of the bridge.
HM NumberHM1TG5
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
Year Placed2013
Placed ByThe Hadler and Peppe Families, Dean C. Ringle, P.E,, P.S., Franklin County Engineer
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 328645 N 4425396
Decimal Degrees39.96136667, -83.00623333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 57.682', W 83° 0.374'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 57' 40.92" N, 83° 0' 22.44" W
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Area Code(s)614, 513
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Lower Scioto Greenway, Columbus OH 43215, US
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