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Welcome to Ashtabula County. We are glad you have come to see and learn about
Historic Covered Bridges. They are of five types: Howe truss, Pratt truss, Town
lattice truss, Burr Arch, and Inverted Haupt truss.|
Each of the Covered Bridges may be seen
via a driving tour. To request a tri-fold tour map, please visit our Tours
page or click here.
What follows is a short description of each of our eighteen covered bridges.
The first eleven
bridges plus bridge seventeen comprise our Tour-A. Bridges twelve though eighteen
if you complete the form on our Tour Page, we will mail
detailed tour map.
NOTE: Click any bridge image to view that same image in a
1. Netcher Road Bridge (2.7 miles from Jefferson)
The bridge is constructed over Mill Creek in Jefferson
Township, and it features a timber arch with inverted Haupt walls. The "Neo Victorian"
design structure is 110 feet long, 22-feet wide, and 14-feet, six inches high.
Construction started in 1998, and it was funded by an ODOT Timber Grant.
2. South Denmark Road Bridge (2.7 miles from Netcher Road Bridge)
Built in 1890, this Town lattice bridge spans Mill Creek. The 81-foot structure was bypassed
in 1975, but is easily accessible.
3. Caine Road Bridge (6.7 miles from S. Denmark Bridge)
This first Pratt truss bridge in Ohio was built in 1986 in honor of Ashtabula County's
175th Anniversary. The 124-foot long bridge traverses the west branch of the Ashtabula
River in Pierpont Twp.
4. Graham Road Bridge (5.9 miles from Caine Road Bridge)
The Graham Road Bridge, which was built from remnants of a bridge washed downstream in the
1913 flood, now sits in a small park on the south side of the road. The 97-foot Town Truss
was over the west branch of the Ashtabula River in Pierpont Township.
5. Root Road Bridge (3.9 miles from Graham Road Bridge)
A 114-foot Town lattice built in 1868, Root crosses the Ashtabula River. It was raised
18 inches during the rehabilitation in 1982/83, and new laminated girders and a center
concrete pier were added.
6. Middle Road Bridge (8.3 miles from Root Road Bridge)
This 136-foot Howe truss bridge was built in 1868 over Conneaut Creek, which is the longest
river in eastern Ashtabula County. It was reconstructed in 1984 with the help of three
volunteers and four college students.
7. State Road Bridge (5.1 miles from Middle Road Bridge)
Containing 97,000 feet of southern pine and oak, the State Road Bridge was erected in 1983
across Conneaut Creek. The 152-foot Town lattice span was the first covered bridge designed
and built by County Engineer John Smolen, Jr. A four-foot tall window extends the length of
the bridge showing the Town lattice construction. The dedication of the bridge in 1983 was
the forerunner of the Covered Bridge Festival.
8. Creek Road Bridge (3.4 miles from State Road Bridge)
The construction date of this 125-foot Town lattice bridge is unknown. It sits 25 feet
above the Conneaut Creek and was extensively renovated in 1994.
9. Benetka Road Bridge (1.5 miles from Creek Road Bridge)
A 138-foot Town lattice with Arch bridge, Benetka was built about 1900 spanning the
Ashtabula River. It was renovated in 1985. A laminated arch 9-inches wide and
38-inches thick was added to the length of the bridge.
10. Olin Bridge (2.5 miles from Benetka Road Bridge)
Located on Dewey Road in Plymouth Township, Olin is the only bridge named for a family.
The Olin's have owned property next to the bridge since it was built in 1873. The 115 foot
Town lattice structure over the Ashtabula River was renovated in 1985.
11. Giddings Road Bridge (8 miles from the Smolen-Gulf Bridge)
Pratt truss construction was used for this 107-foot bridge built in 1995 with funding
from an ODOT Timber Grant. It crosses Mill Creek in Jefferson Twp.
12. Doyle Road (1.8 miles from Jefferson)
A 94-foot long Town lattice bridge built in 1868. Doyle spans Mill Creek. Mill Creek is a
tributary of the Grand River. This bridge was renovated in 1987 when a laminated arch
13. Harpersfield Bridge (11.2 miles from Doyle)
This two-span Howe truss bridge is 228-feet long, the longest covered bridge in Ohio.
It spans the Grand River, which is the primary drainage channel of western Ashtabula County.
The bridge was built in 1868 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Located in the County Metro Park it is a great place to picnic. A flood in 1913 washed soil
away from the north end of the bridge and changed the river channel. The steel bridge was
then attached. A walkway was added in 1991-92 when the bridge was renovated.
14. Mechanicsville Road Bridge (4.6 miles from Harpersfield Bridge)
The second longest single-span Covered Bridge in Ashtabula County, this 156 ft.
arch was built over Grand River in 1867. The arch is 15 layers of 2 x 8 lumber
large beams which form the X's of the Howe truss. Believed to be the oldest of
covered bridges. This bridge was renovated in 2003-2004 and was once again
opened to traffic in the spring of 2004
15. Riverdale Road Bridge (9.2 miles from Mechanicsville Bridge)
This 114-foot Town lattice bridge sits high above the Grand River. It was built in 1874.
The floor was rebuilt in 1981 and glue-laminated wood girders were added.
Center steel bracing had been replaced under the bridge in 1945. The road at the east end
of the bridge washed out in 1987, and a new concrete abutment was built for added support.
16. Windsor Mills Bridge (14.5 miles from Riverdale Road Bridge)
Located in a very picturesque area of the county, Windsor Mills Bridge spans
a tributary of the Grand River. Built in 1867, the Town lattice sits atop cut
with unique center supports. One is of sandstone quarried nearby. The other,
is made from creek stone. Windsor Mills Bridge is also listed in the National
of Historic Places. This bridge was renovated in 2002-2004 and was once again
opened to traffic in the spring of 2004
17. SMOLEN-GULF (2.6 miles from Olin Bridge)
The longest covered bridge in the United States is of Pratt Truss construction.
Engineering and structural design by John Smolen (former County Engineer) and
architectural design by Timothy Martin (current County Engineer) the bridge
was dedicated August 26, 2008. The bridge is 613 ft. long and stands 93 ft.
above the Ashtabula River. With clear width of 30 ft. and height of 14 ft.
6 in. it will support full legal load traffic and has a life expectancy of
100 years. Click for more information on the longest bridge in the United States.
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