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Eagle Avenue Bridge


Eagle Avenue Bridge

Open and abandoned.

Photo taken by Douglas Butler


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BH Photo #261931


Street Views 


Eagle avenue lift bridge

Abandoned highway lift span locked in position

Douglas Butler

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Built in 1928-1930 by the Strobel Steel Company, and Contracted by The Walsh Construction Company. This bridge is notable for the long viaduct that led up to the bridge. This bridge was rehabilitated in 1991, but unfortunately in 2004, an ODOT worker working on an unrelated project noticed a beam that was severely deteriorated. In 2005, the bridge was closed, raised in the up position for the last time, and approaches demolished. There are no future plans for this bridge. The bridge is nicely lit nightly, and one could only hope the legacy of this early-era lift bridge will be preserved.


Vertical lift bridge over Cuyahoga River on Eagle Avenue
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built 1930-31 by the Strobel Steel Construction Co.; rehabilitated 1991; closed 2005
- Strobel Steel Construction Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Vertical Lift Pennsylvania Through Truss.
Length of largest span: 215.9 ft.
Total length: 295.9 ft.
Deck width: 39.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.49327, -81.69226   (decimal degrees)
41°29'36" N, 81°41'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/442216/4593748 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cleveland South
Average daily traffic (as of 1999)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 1869604 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
NBI #1869604
BH 27447 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 32 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 13, 2018: New Street View added by Geoffrey Moreland
  • November 17, 2017: New photos from Geoffrey Moreland
  • February 9, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 5, 2016: New video from Douglas Butler
  • January 2, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 21, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 17, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 10, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 5, 2013: Updated by C Hanchey: Added category "Ohio Department of Transportation Historic Bridge List "
  • August 17, 2013: New Street View added by Don Morrison
  • August 15, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 14, 2013: Updated by Don Morrison: Set map coordinates, added city "Cleveland"

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