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Columbus Road Bridge


Columbus Road Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in July 2012

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)


BH Photo #267723


Street Views 


Columbus road bridge

Just repaired and painted

Douglas Butler

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Time Lapse: Moving Columbus Rd Bridge onto Barge

Time lapse of replacement span loading onto barge to be floated into place



Among the oldest of the vertical lift bridges in Cleveland, the Columbus Road Bridge is an 11 panel Camelback Truss. Originally built in 1940, 2013 saw the replacement of the center span with a more modern Camelback Truss. Unfortunately, due to the replacement of the center span, the bridge has lost some historic integrity. However, the towers were refurbished and repainted, not replaced.


Vertical lift bridge on Columbus Road (CR 356) in Cleveland
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Much of this bridge's superstructure is to be demolished and replaced starting late May 2013. These extent of these alterations will render the bridge non-historic even if some original parts remain.
Built 1940 by the Public Works Administration
- Public Works Administration
Vertical Lift 11-Panel Camelback Truss
Length of largest span: 242.1 ft.
Total length: 358.9 ft.
Deck width: 42.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.48836, -81.70048   (decimal degrees)
41°29'18" N, 81°42'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/441525/4593208 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cleveland South
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 1833758 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 27439 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2016)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 94.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 6, 2018: New photo from Geoffrey Moreland
  • January 5, 2018: New video from Geoffrey Moreland
  • September 4, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Riveted"
  • July 29, 2017: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • November 15, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 5, 2016: New video from Douglas Butler
  • December 29, 2015: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • December 19, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • December 5, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 17, 2015: New photo from Luke
  • May 4, 2015: Updated by Douglas Butler: New lift span installed and painted green in 2015
  • February 10, 2015: HAER photos posted by James Baughn
  • November 5, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 5, 2013: Updated by C Hanchey: Added categories "HAER documented", "Ohio Department of Transportation Historic Bridge List "
  • August 15, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • March 30, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Most of this bridge to be demolished and replaced.
  • September 22, 2012: Updated by C Hanchey: updated location
  • October 14, 2010: Updated by D. Thomsen: Added Cuyahoga River
  • January 3, 2010: New photos from Bill Eichelberger

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