McClellan Covered Bridge

McClellan Covered Bridge

The McClellan Covered Bridge crosses the West Fork of the Little Beaver Creek on McClellan Road in Columbiana County, Ohio. It was restored in 2016-17.


The covered multiple Kingpost through truss was constructed in 1871 along McClellan Road, which once connected Wayne Bridge and Trinity Church roads. 1 The road was abandoned in the 20th century and the bridge was neglected to the point that in 2015, a steel beam was run across the length of the sagging roof of the bridge to prevent it from collapsing.

A contract to restore the neglected bridge was awarded to the McCoy Construction Company of Calcutta for $280,494 in February 2016. 1 The project was coordinated by county engineer Bert Dawson 1 and assisted by retired Ashtabula County engineer John Smolen. 2 The county obtained $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program and $100,000 from the Ohio Public Works Program towards the endeavor. Work included:

  • Raising the bridge one foot.
  • Constructing one new stone abutment and rebuilding the other.
  • Rehabilitating or replacing fire-retarded wood siding and flooring.

The restored McClellan Covered Bridge reopened to pedestrians in early 2017.


Information

  • State: Ohio
  • Route: McClellan Road
  • Type: Covered Kingpost Truss
  • Status: Active - Pedestrian
  • Total Length: 52 feet
  • Deck Width: 11.2 feet
  • Above Vertical Clearance: 12 feet

Sources

  1. “Historic covered bridge ready for a face-lift.” Morning Journal [Lisbon] 28 Feb. 2016.
  2. “County engineer sets sights on covered bridge.” Morning Journal [Lisbon] 24 Sept. 2014.

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