The Caine Road Covered Bridge #35-04-59 is located in Ashtabula County. Built by the Ashtabula County Engineers Department at a cost of $191,000.00, this bridge is rare precisely because it is new, unlike most other vintage covered bridges commonly found in Ohio. It was finished in the fall of 1986, and just like The Caine, Giddings, Netcher and State Road Covered Bridge’s, that are included in this study, these bridges were truly designed and built to accommodate traffic, and not strictly for decoration or promotional purposes. The Caine Road Covered Bridge is 275 feet long and was built with a Pratt truss. This single span structure rests on concrete abutments and has a long narrow window extending down both sides. The exterior is of salt treated natural wood siding and galvanized connectors.

The covered bridge spans a branch of the Ashtabula River. With an average bed width of 125 feet, the Ashtabula river drains the northeast quarter of Ashtabula county. It is fascinating that the Caine Road Covered Bridge is one of only five. Pratt truss bridges in the United States, and the only one in Ohio. Designed by Ashtabula County Engineer John Smolen, the bridge was dedicated at the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival on October 11.1986.

DIRECTIONS: From Pierpont Township north on SR 7, one mile, left on Caine Road ( T 579)

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