|Insley Road Bridge CLOSED|
Posting Date: 01/18/2013
by JP Miklovic
This closure... will it be permanent?
North Baltimore and Henry Township continue to have their travel patterns disrupted, although "minor" this time, with the closing of the concrete through arch bridge on Insley Road, just north of Quarry Road (Belleville Meats).
This bridge over the Rocky Ford, was built in 1930. It is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, according to information available on www.Bridgehunter.com and www.historicbridges.org.
According to information from an inspection as of Jan. 1, 2012, the Deck Condition rating was 3 of 9 - Serious; Superstructure 2 of 9 - Critical; Substructure 4 of 9 - Poor. With an over appraisal of Structurally Deficient, earning a Sufficiency Rating of just 30.9 out of 100.
The most recent ADT (Average Daily Traffic) count was in 1995, with just 80 vehicles passing the road which borders Interstate 75 to the west.
The length of the largest span is 63 feet, with the overall length listed as just over 95 feet. The width of the deck is just shy of 28 feet.
In an observation posted on Historic Bridges.com, it was said:
"This is a beautiful example of the rainbow arch structure type. The technical name is a concrete bowstring arch bridge. They are a very attractive bridge design, and among the most impressive of concrete bridge types. This is a good example of the structure type, having retained historic integrity, with no railing or floor beam modifications. There is however some structural deterioration under the bridge, although the arch and railings above are fine. If Wood County actually cared about preserving their historic bridges (which they don't) then you might see the flooring system on this bridge replaced in a few years. Instead I fear you will see dynamite strapped to this bridge in a few years, since I wouldn't be surprised if Wood County decides to reduce this bridge to rubble." http://www.historicbridges.org/ohio/insley/
The approach on Insley Road from the south
There has been some loss of fabric from the spalling which is severely affecting the integrity of the span.
|Posted Date: 01/20/2013|
I've always loved this bridge since I could remember it. You don't see these anymore and unfortunately, yes they will probably blow it up and replace it. In my opinion I would hope they would look into keeping the side bowstring arch structures and just replacing the road part. If not, it would be nice to see another arch design in it place. Also I really hope this is not a permanent closing!
By: Andrew Straley