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‚ÄčOhl Street Bridge

  • Year Built: 1909
  • Type: Pratt Thru Truss
  • Number of Spans: 2
  • Length: 256' (126' each)
  • Width: 29'
  • Builder: Canton Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio
  • Location: Greenville Borough, Mercer County
  • Carries: Ohl Street over Shenango River
  • Preservation Assistance: Unknown
  • BRKey: 26334

The Ohl Street Bridge is a pin-connected Pratt thru truss built by the Canton Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio in 1909. This two-span bridge comprises two trusses, each 125' long and 29' wide with a vertical clearance of approximately 14'.  Itis located in Greenville Borough, Mercer County, where it carried Ohl Street over the Shenango River until it was closed to vehicular traffic in 2009. This bridge is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The character-defining features of this bridge include the truss form (Pratt thru), method of truss member end connection (pinned), top and bottom chords, vertical and diagonal members, sway and lateral bracing, and features of the portal.  An unusual feature of the bridge is the cast iron ornamentation to include the plaque, sunburst cresting, and spherical finials.

To preserve this historic structure, ownership of the bridge in its entirety will be transferred to an interested party for removal to a new location. The new owner will be responsible for costs associated with removal, rehabilitation and long-term maintenance of the structure. If you or your organization is interested in assuming ownership of this historic bridge, please contact Tyra Guyton of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office at or at (717) 346-0617 or Don Burden of PennDOT District 1 at or at (814) 678-7194.