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W&LE - Cuyahoga River Bascule Bridge

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W&LE - Cuyahoga River Bridge

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Photo taken by Douglas Butler

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BH Photo #263723

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Description 

This Strauss Overhead Counterweight Trunnion bascule bridge is the first bridge built by the Strauss bascule Bridge Company, the location of this railroad bridge was next to the West 3rd street lift bridge near the inner belt I 90 before it's removal.

The counterweight is carried by a pair of struts articulated to rearward extensions of the main trusses. The tower supports the main trunnions on the span that revolves is extended up to the top of the counterweight, a link is pinned fixed to the top of the tower and to the counterweight and lies in the plane parallel to the plane through the main trunnions. The pin is in the end of the main truss that supports the counterweight struts, the four joints are at the corners of the parallelogram. When the bridge span opens the counterweight is held parallel to it's original position and a balance is maintained as the span revolves. See Movable Bridges Volume 1 Structure by Otis Hovey.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Cuyahoga River on Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad
Location
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Status
No longer exists
History
Built 1905
Builder
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Railroad
- Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (WLE)
Design
Warren through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 150.0 ft.
Also called
Wabash Railroad Bridge
Overhead Counterweight Strauss type
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.48846, -81.68473   (decimal degrees)
41°29'18" N, 81°41'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/442840/4593208 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cleveland South
Inventory number
BH 57543 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 22, 2016: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • February 1, 2016: Updated by Luke: Reverted default image
  • February 1, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 26, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 5, 2015: New photo from Luke
  • August 5, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • June 8, 2015: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • February 18, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • June 3, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 14, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 14, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 12, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Navigable waterway", "Cuyahoga River", "Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad", "Railroad"
  • August 12, 2013: Added by Douglas Butler

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