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Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge


Center Spans From Southeast

Photo taken May 1985 by Jet Lowe for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #231275

Street Views 


The significance is in terms of aesthetics. The bridge is an attractive concrete, multi-arched bridge.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Five-span open-spandrel arch bridge over the Cuyahoga River on OH 82
Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and Summit County, Ohio
Open to two-lane traffic
Built 1930-31 under the supervision of A.M. Felgate and W.S. Hindman; rehabilitated 1989
- Alfred M. Felgate
- Highway Construction Co.
Open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 181.1 ft.
Total length: 1,130.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.32130, -81.58699   (decimal degrees)
41°19'17" N, 81°35'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/450873/4574591 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
ODOT 7706871 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 27428 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 11, 2020: Updated by Nathan Holth: Corrected engineer name from Alfred M. Pelgate to Alfred M. Felgate
  • October 24, 2016: New photos from Janis Ford
  • November 12, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • May 1, 2012: Additional HAER photos posted by James Baughn
  • May 1, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Merged NBI Data
  • November 15, 2011: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Mapped.
  • August 20, 2005: Posted photos from Jonathan Maxwell and from the Historic American Engineering Record



Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge
Posted May 6, 2012, by Andrew (rosecitywanderer [at] gmail [dot] com)

Oh please...if they really wanted explosives, they would have gotten them. I don't understand how buying fakes from the FBI is worse than actually blowing up a bridge with real explosives and because they bought the fakes, it proved they were serious enough about it to go through with it. At least they (the FBI) are actually doing something productive by catching these scumbags rather than spying on innocent civilians.

Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge
Posted May 2, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I have no animosity toward state "workers"...as a matter of fact I worked as an inspector for a small engineering firm, but reported directly to INDOT and worked with many good people.

I, like most people on this site, just want to see our transportation heritage treated with respect...which it IS NOT. I understand that not every one of these spans can be saved, but there are way too many that are needlessly destroyed.

And just as I don't want to see terrorists blow up a bridge (of any kind), I also don't want to watch an historic bridge blown up on You Tube.

Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge
Posted May 2, 2012, by Dave Andrews

That was far from the only stupid comment about state workers on here. Not to worry, though. The next time you guys are a topic of conversation on one of my projects will be the first time.

Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge
Posted May 1, 2012, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk11 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Shame on them. Those clowns deserved to be pushed off the bridge for that, as with all terrorists

Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge
Posted May 1, 2012, by Nathan Holth

A bunch of morons tried to blow up this bridge: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j46RroINNj...

Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge
Posted May 1, 2012, by Patricia Metal Goddess Kellogg (Pat [at] caprica [dot] com)

The bridge is located between Brecksville and SAGAMORE HILLS, not Northfield.

Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge
Posted March 11, 2009, by Lynne Hindman (marondy [at] wowway [dot] com)

You will find that W. S. Hindman was involved with the Ohio Stadium as Field Engineer and Chief Engineer. He wrote two articles for "The Ohio State Engineer" about the Ohio Stadium. W. S. Hindman was also the designer and builder of Pitt Stadium in Pittsburgh.