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Division of Planning
Office of Environmental Services
Cultural Resources

Historic Bridges

Historic bridges represent a cultural resource as well as work of art. Many federal and state agencies recognize the importance of preserving, relocating, restoring and rehabilitating bridges.

The Office of Environmental Services Cultural Resources staff works closely with federal programs and preservation groups to ensure that Ohio's bridges are considered and protected under the National Historic Preservation Act. The following programs and initiatives support ODOT's commitment to historic bridges preservation, restoration, relocation and rehabilitation.

Historic Bridge Awards
Visit the new Historic Bridge Awards page to learn more about bridge projects that have been chosen as great examples of rehabilitation, reuse and preservation of Ohio's historic bridges. 

Historic Bridge List
The Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987, Section 123(f) – required each state to complete an inventory of bridges on and off the federal-aid system and determine their historic significance. In Ohio, ODOT, SHPO and FHWA completed historic bridge inventories/updates in 1983, 1990, 1994, 2004, and 2010.

ODOT’s Historic Bridge Database also includes structures that have been listed in the National Register or determined eligible by other agencies. It also includes individual bridges determined eligible by ODOT, FHWA and SHPO for the National Register since 2010, pursuant to Appendix C of the Section 106 Programmatic Agreement(executed 11/30/11).

Historic Bridge List (updated February 2014) contains the 484 historic bridges in ODOT's Historic Bridge Inventory Database that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places or determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places ("Eligible") based on the results of The Ohio DOT Historic Bridge Summary Tables Survey Forms for Eligible/NR Listed Bridges, accepted by ODOT, the Federal Highway Administration and The Ohio State Historic Preservation Office on April 28, 2010. 


Reusable Bridges

In keeping with the national effort to preserve historic bridges, ODOT has a designated list of bridges available for reuse. Vist the Historic and Other Truss Bridges Available for Reuse page to learn more about these bridges and obtain contact information.

National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program

This program was established by Section 1224 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA21). The program provides funding to assist the States in their efforts to preserve, rehabilitate, or restore the Nation's historic covered bridges. For the purposes of this program, the term "historic covered bridge" means a covered bridge that is listed or eligible for listing on the National Register for Historic Places. Click here to learn more about this FHWA program.

Conneaut Scenic River Bridge
Wall Street Pedestrian Bridge, City of Van Wert.



Covered Bridge Protection...
A federally-sponsored initiative to install fire protection, lighting, and surveillance equipment on covered bridges. The objective of this initiative is to protect Ohio’s National Register of Historic Places (listed and eligible for listing) covered bridges, important transportation heritage and tourism resources, from fire damage and vandalism. To follow the progress of this project and Ohio's participation, visit the Covered Bridge Protection page.

ODOT Bridge Preservation Award Winner
Congratulations to the City of Van Wert! They nominated their Wall Street Pedestrian Bridge, pictured above, for the ODOT Bridge Preservation Award and won. Click here to read the nomination form or go to the new Historic Bridge Awards page for more information about Van Wert's winning bridge and other award-winning projects.


 Historic Bridge Manuals & Guidance


 Historic Bridge Links