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Walter F. Ehrnfelt Covered Bridge


Walter F. Ehrnfelt Covered Bridge


Photo taken by JP at FourSquare in July 2012

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BH Photo #470405



This bridge, while at first glance has the appearance of an exceptionally unusual covered bridge where instead of a system of timber trusses, the bridge is supported by a massive timber stringer, is actually a fake.

The bridge was built in 1983 to replace a previous bridge at this location of the same name that was washed away in a flood and was not salvageable. The wooden covered structure was replicated exactly, right down to the warning sign about "fines for crossing the bridge faster than a walk"... however it does not serve a structural function. A unique superstructure comprised of stringers and girders that are part timber and part steel lies hidden underneath the covered bridge walls.

Both this bridge and the original bridge it replaced are unusual in that they cross the entire creek with a single span, while the nearby Ohio Turnpike Toll Bridge (which is a traditional non-noteworthy freeway overpass) requires three steel stringer spans to do the same thing.


Faux covered timber stringer bridge over East Branch Rocky River on Whitney Road
Strongsville, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Open to traffic with a weight limit
Built 1983
Faux covered timber stringer bridge. Covered elements are purely decorative
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.34285, -81.83677   (decimal degrees)
41°20'34" N, 81°50'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/429992/4577155 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 1860005 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 89037 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 50.5 (out of 100)
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Beam (15,716)
Built 1983 (71)
Built during 1980s (703)
Covered (1,648)
Covered bridge open to traffic (7)
Cuyahoga County, Ohio (196)
Faux Covered Bridge (23)
Modern (2,437)
Ohio (3,402)
Open (39,882)
Owned by city (5,400)
Strongsville, Ohio (1)
Timber stringer (4,018)
Wooden (30)
Wooden deck (6,069)

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