New Bridge Honors Engineering Legacy

Hyde Road BridgeHyde Road Bridge signWith a nearly 50-year history of bridge design, the LJB staff can appreciate the interesting technical nuances of just about any bridge. But, sometimes a bridge is more than a bridge—it means something more to a community and to our LJB family.

This spring, the Richard P. Eastman Hyde Road Covered Bridge was constructed and dedicated in Yellow Springs, Ohio, by the Greene County Engineer’s Office. The bridge was named after the late Richard Eastman, who served as Greene County Engineer from 1974 to 1996, and passed away in 2011. During his tenure as county engineer, he was known as a visionary for implementing creative solutions that weren’t seen as the “normal” engineering solution.

Those creative genes were passed on to Richard’s son, John, who applies that same creativity as part of LJB’s water/wastewater service area. The unique bridge is a tribute to Richard’s style and to his love of covered bridges. The bridge spans the first segment of the Little Miami Bikeway, which is fitting since Richard was one of the first county engineers in Ohio to use federal transportation funding for bikeway construction. Also appropriately, the bridge is located just around the corner from where Eastman lived and raised his family.

The current Greene County Engineer, Bob Geyer, who led this project through design and construction, was instrumental in memorializing the creative engineering legacy that Richard Eastman brought to Greene County—and to his son John. As John says, “This bridge really expresses my dad.”

Click here to see a video of the bridge dedication.

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