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FIR - Industrial Flats Lift Bridge


Photo taken by C Hanchey

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BH Photo #278295

Street Views 


This bridge was selected as the 1953 Class IV "Most Beautiful Steel Bridge" by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The bridge currently carries the Class III railroad known as the Flats Industrial Railroad. The operator tower is used as the headquarters for the Flats Industrial Railroad.


Through truss bridge over Cuyahoga River on Flats Industrial Railroad
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Open to traffic but seldom used
Built 1953
- Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff Corporation of Kansas City, Kansas
- Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio
- Conrail (CR)
- Flats Industrial Railroad (FIR)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Warren through truss with all verticals
Also called
FIR - Ox Bow Bend Lift Bridge
Cuyahoga River Bridge No.8
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.49215, -81.69978   (decimal degrees)
41°29'32" N, 81°41'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/441587/4593629 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cleveland South
Inventory number
BH 60159 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 6, 2021: New photo from Truss & Rivets
  • September 22, 2019: New photos from Jann Mayer
  • July 29, 2017: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • January 5, 2016: New video from Douglas Butler
  • January 4, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 27, 2015: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • October 21, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • June 15, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • March 10, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • March 7, 2014: Added by Luke Harden

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  • Luke
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  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Jann Mayer - jannmayer [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Truss & Rivets


FIR - Industrial Flats Lift Bridge
Posted May 12, 2020, by G Moreland (Geoffreymoreland [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridges future is in jeopardy. FIRRs only customer on the west side of the bridge has closed. (Grain Craft)

FIR - Ox Bow Bend Lift Bridge
Posted March 10, 2014, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

Better known as the Industrial Flats railroad Bridge,Cleveland is my home town with lift bridges of 5 vehical and 5 train bridges equals 10 vertical lift bridges