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Root Road Bridge
Root Road (Ashtabula County, Ohio) Covered Bridge 1.jpg
Coordinates 41°50′00″N 80°37′12″W / 41.83333°N 80.62000°W / 41.83333; -80.62000Coordinates: 41°50′00″N 80°37′12″W / 41.83333°N 80.62000°W / 41.83333; -80.62000
Locale Ashtabula County, Ohio, United States
Characteristics
Design single span, Town truss
Total length 112 feet (34.1 m)
History
Construction begin 1868
Location of the bridge in Ashtabula County
Map of Ohio highlighting Ashtabula County.svg
Location of Ashtabula County in Ohio

Root Road Bridge is a covered bridge spanning the west branch of the Ashtabula River in Monroe Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio, United States. The bridge, one of currently 16 drivable bridges in the county, is a single span Town truss design. During its renovation in 1982-83, the bridge was raised 18 inches (460 mm), and a new center pier was added. The bridge’s WGCB number is 35-04-09, and it is located approximately 6.3 mi (10.1 km) southeast of North Kingsville.

History

  • 1868 – Bridge constructed.
  • 1982-83 – Bridge renovated.

A former toll road just east of there ran north and south through the county. Dwight and Gertrude (Hallam) Root, had a son Herbert Root. Herbert married Frances Whitlam, daughter of John H. Whitlam, one if not the first Superintendent of Roads in Ashtabula County, for twenty five years. He possibly was involved in the construction of the earlier bridges.

Dimensions

  • Span: 82 feet 4 inches (25.10 m)
  • Length: 112 feet (34 m)
  • Width: 11.3 feet (3.4 m)
  • Height: 10 feet 2 inches (3.10 m)
  • Overhead clearance: 9 feet 4 inches (2.84 m)

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