The Detroit-Superior High Level Bridge is a combination reinforced-concrete and steel structure with a total length of 2,880 feet. The double-deck bridge was designed to carry four lanes of traffic on the upper roadway and six street railway tracks on the lower deck. The center span over the river was a 591-foot three-hinged steel arch of Pratt truss design. At the time of its completion in 1917, the Detroit-Superior Bridge held the record as the third longest steel arch in the country. The bridge also received attention for its unusual subway approaches beneath the streets at each end of the bridge. The lower streetcar deck was abandoned in 1955.
ODOT 1800930 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
NRHP 74001437 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 27443 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/2015)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory(6 out of 9) Superstructure condition rating: Fair(5 out of 9) Substructure condition rating: Fair(5 out of 9) Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 66.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
October 10, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Concrete Arch", "Riveted"
March 12, 2014: Photos imported by Dave King
February 25, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "King Bridge Co.", "Cleveland Railway", "Cleveland Transit System"
November 30, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Rail-and-Road", "Rail-to-trail", "Streetcar"
October 5, 2013: Updated by C Hanchey: Added category "Ohio Department of Transportation Historic Bridge List "