On this site, the Scioto River has been spanned by at least six bridges, all of which have been important to the growth of Columbus, Ohio's state capital.
1816 · A wooden toll bridge was built by Franklinton developer Lucas Sullivant.
1826 · A second wooden toll bridge was built to replace the original. Constructed by Sullivant's son, William Starling Sullivant, this bridge was swept away in "the great flood of 1832."
1834 · The U.S. Government built the first toll-free bridge, a two-span wooden covered bridge, which was larger and stronger than previous structures.
1883 · A two-span, steel truss design bridge replaced the wooden structure, until it was severely damaged during the 1913 flood.
1921 · A seven-span concrete arch bridge was constructed. Carrying six traffic lanes and two pedestrian walkways, the bridge stood until 1990.
1992 · The Discovery Bridge, dedicated during the quincentennial year of Christopher Columbus' voyage to the New World, is a five-span, post tensioned reinforced concrete bridge. The bridge carries six lanes of traffic and two sidewalks. It will serve the citizens of Columbus into the future.
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