GUERNSEY COUNTY, Ohio -- The last S-curve bridge in service in Ohio has been closed to traffic because of concerns that heavy trucks used in the modern drilling boom are too much for a structure once traversed by wagons, Model T's and even Abraham Lincoln.
The Guernsey County Commissioners and Ohio National Bridge Association announced on Thursday that they are closing the S-bridge on Rhinehart Road near Middlebourne to preserve the historical landmark. The bridge, located about 10 miles east of Cambridge, is part of the trail known as the National Road that connected Maryland and Mississippi River.
The president of the Ohio National Road Association, Doug Smith, says the bridge probably was built around 1828. Commissioner Ernest "Skip" Gardner said the commissioners didn't hesitate to pass a resolution to preserve the bridge. It has already been designated a National Historic Landmark and a National Engineering Landmark.
Gardner said the Guernsey County Community Development Corp. has expressed interest in acquiring the bridge and using Clean Ohio funds to turn the site into a park.