Y-Bridge (Zanesville, Ohio)

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ZanesvilleOH YBridge.jpg
The Zanesville Y-Bridge, seen from a high bluff south of the river confluence.
Y-Bridge (Zanesville, Ohio) is located in Ohio
Y-Bridge (Zanesville, Ohio)
Y-Bridge (Zanesville, Ohio) is located in USA
Y-Bridge (Zanesville, Ohio)
Location US 40; at foot of Main Street and Linden Avenue, over the Licking and Muskingum rivers, Zanesville, Ohio
Coordinates 39°56′25.5″N 82°0′51.5″W / 39.940417°N 82.014306°W / 39.940417; -82.014306Coordinates: 39°56′25.5″N 82°0′51.5″W / 39.940417°N 82.014306°W / 39.940417; -82.014306
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1902
NRHP Reference # 73001516[1]
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."


Intersection at the middle of the bridge

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


  1. ^ Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

"City of Zanesville History" City of Zanesville.

Further reading[edit]

  • Schneider, Norris (1950). Y-Bridge City: The Story of Zanesville and Muskingum County, Ohio. Zanesville, Ohio: World Publishing Company. 

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