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Bridges have been at this local spot about 180 years. A new $21M one is coming.

A bridge has spanned the Great Miami River at Third Street in Dayton for about 180 years, according to local accounts. And come 2020, Montgomery County is set to begin constructing the newest version, coming in at a cost of $21.6 million.

» FULL REPORT: County’s bridge project will be its costliest ever

Here are Third Street bridges past, current and future:

The first Third Street bridge over the Great Miami River in Dayton was covered and built about 1840. DAYTON METRO LIBRARY

The original wood-covered bridge was built about 1840 and had limestone piers. 

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The Third Street bridge over the Great Miami River in Dayton was rebuilt using concrete about 1904. DAYTON METRO LIBRARY

In about 1904, a concrete-arched bridge was built. Since concrete came into use, stone from the old piers was taken out and left unwanted for years at the corner of Salem and Oxford avenues, according to an 1881 account by one Charles F. Sullivan as published by Dayton History Books Online. 

The last major rehabilitation of the Third Street Bridge, pictured currently, was in 1949. SUBMITTED

The most recent upgrade was completed in 1949, giving the bridge its current look. 

An architect's rendering shows how Montgomery County’s most expensive bridge project — a planned $21.6 million span of Third Street across the Great Miami River — will look when the project is completed by the end of 2022. SUBMITTED / CREATIVE DESIGN RESOLUTIONS, INC.

By the end of 2022, there should be a new bridge in place that not only transports traffic, but is also a destination to learn about the historical achievements of Daytonians.

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An architect's rendering shows how Montgomery County’s most expensive bridge project — a planned $21.6 million span of Third Street across the Great Miami River — will look when the project is completed by the end of 2022. A panel at right honors the Dayton poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. SUBMITTED / CREATIVE DESIGN RESOLUTIONS, INC.
An architect's rendering shows a bas-relief panel honoring the Wright brothers on a pier of a planned $21.6 million Third Street bridge across the Great Miami River. Construction is set to begin in 2020 and conclude by the end of 2022. SUBMITTED / CREATIVE DESIGN RESOLUTIONS, INC.

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