Y-Bridge (Zanesville, Ohio)
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The Zanesville Y-Bridge, seen from a high bluff south of the river confluence.
|Location||US 40; at foot of Main Street and Linden Avenue, over the Licking and Muskingum rivers, Zanesville, Ohio|
|Area||2 acres (0.81 ha)|
|NRHP Reference #||73001516|
|Added to NRHP||November 2, 1973|
The Zanesville Y-Bridge is a historic Y-shaped three-way bridge that spans the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers in downtown Zanesville, Ohio. It carries the traffic of U.S. Route 40 (Main Street and West Main Street), as well as Linden Avenue.
When being given directions, visitors are often surprised by the statement "Drive to the MIDDLE of the bridge and turn left or right."
The first Zanesville Y-Bridge was constructed in 1814. Several iterations (some of them wooden covered bridges) were washed away by serious floods before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed a series of dams and locks that now regulate the flow of the two rivers. The current concrete and steel bridge is the fifth in the series on the same location. It opened in 1984.
The bridge appears in the National Register of Historic Places listings in Muskingum County, Ohio
"City of Zanesville History" City of Zanesville.
- Schneider, Norris (1950). Y-Bridge City: The Story of Zanesville and Muskingum County, Ohio. Zanesville, Ohio: World Publishing Company.