Peters Creek S-Bridge Historical

Peters Creek S-Bridge Historical (HM1UY7)

Location: Cambridge, OH 43725 Guernsey County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 0.637', W 81° 39.433'

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The Historic National Road in Ohio

The history of this bridge is tied to Zane's Trace, the original road through
the region. In 1803, the trace crossed Peters Creek, a few hundred yards
to the north, using logs to bridge the stream. In 1828, when the National
Road was built through this part of Ohio, replacing Zane's Trace, this stone
"S' bride was built in order to accommodate the increased traffic the road
would bring. With the rise of the automobile in the early 20th century,
improved roads and bridges were needed. As a national highway system
was developed in the 1920s and 1930s, much of the National Road was
incorporated into the new U.S. Route 40, and the bridge was abandoned
when the road was realigned to the south of its location.

Rehabilitating a Landmark

Years of neglect and damage from four successive floods in 2005
resulted in a bridge that was ready to collapse. The "S" bridge had
deteriorated to such a degree that simple repair work would not be
adequate to save the bridge. Instead, a complete rehabilitation of the
bridge was undertaken. This meant removing much of the original
structure, then rehabilitating the bridge. Work on the structure
began in the spring of 2007 and was completed in November. Using
modern tools and materials, the bridge was not only rehabilitated,
but it was also strengthened
full view of marker, from parking lotto help it withstand future floods.
While the bridge no longer serves traffic, it stands as a tribute to
the National Road and to the great engineering that went into its

The unusual shape of the S-bridge is the result of
the need to find a simple and inexpensive way to
cross streams. In the 1820s and 1830s, when small
bridges were built as part of the National Road, an
arch that crossed directly over the stream required
less labor and material than one that crossed at an
angle. In order to keep the road straight, the
approaches to the bridge had to be offset, giving
the bridge an S-shape.
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HM NumberHM1UY7
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
Year Placed2010
Placed ByGuernsey County Project Pride
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 10th, 2016 at 9:05am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 443908 N 4429142
Decimal Degrees40.01061667, -81.65721667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 0.637', W 81° 39.433'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 0' 38.22" N, 81° 39' 25.98" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)740
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4192-4698 Co Rd 416, Cambridge OH 43725, US
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