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COVERED BRIDGE


bridge1.jpg The Newton Falls covered bridge connects Bridge Street with Arlington Road and crosses one of the two branches of the Mahoning River which cut through Newton Falls.

Constructed in 1831, the bridge still accommodates autos over the East Branch of the river. It is the second oldest covered bridge in the state, the only one in Ohio with a covered crosswalk, and the last covered bridge in Trumbull County. The crosswalk was added in 1921 - 1922 for the safety of students walking to the school on North Center Street at the eastern end of Bridge Street.

The bridge is 117 feet long and is of the Town lattice truss style. It is said to have replaced a log bridge constructed on the same site. Maintenance on the historic structure is provided by Trumbull County.

Over the years, the wooden span has required occasional repair after floods, ice jams, a tornado, and continuous use. Truck traffic is prohibited. In November 1974, the bridge was listed with the U.S. Dept. of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places.

The original oak floor of the bridge was laid crosswise with planks 2" thick and 10" - 12" wide. The floor was completely replaced in 1982. The Trumbull County engineers attempt to match the original materials but none of the planks in the structure are standard size today and must be specially cut. Hickory lumber is difficult to find now and the rafter beams must be obtained in Canada. The bridge was reinforced with steel beams and piers in 1962. After the May 31, 1985 tornado, the main roof and the sidewalk roof were repaired and covered with metal.The East Branch structure is one of possibly five covered bridges which were constructed in Newton Township.

bridge2.jpg Another lattice-style bridge was built in 1832 over the West Branch of the Mahoning River on West Broad Street or State Route 534 near the falls. It was replaced 24 years later by one that corresponded with the line of the newly developed Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal. The double-spanned bridge was built in 1856 on about the same site as the earlier one. It was a high bridge which served the community for 86 years and was lowered after the canal boat traffic ceased. This bridge was closed in 1942 and was replaced with a concrete span for military needs in 1943.
A fourth covered bridge was erected in 1827 on the edge of Newton Township at Pricetown, bordering Mahoning County on County Line Road. This bridge crossed the Mahoning River as it meandered northward from Milton Township. The Pricetown bridge permitted two-way traffic. Its recessed center truss was not readily visible until the bridge was entered and this proved to be hazardous to unfamiliar users of the bridge. It was replaced by WPA workers with a concrete structure in 1939. bridge3.jpg

A newspaper article in the June 20, 1833 Western Reserve Chronicle advertised for bids on another bridge to be constructed in Newton. The bridge was to be 100' long and 18' wide and the design would duplicate one in Warren. The location of this bridge is not known at this time. There is some speculation that the bridge may have been on Main Street and was replaced by an iron bridge in 1884.

Source:
Covered bridges of Niles and Trumbull County, by G. Allen
Covered bridges of Ohio, by M. Wood
History of Newton Falls, by E. Woodward