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Main Street Bridge

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From Ohio Historic Bridge Inventory

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BH Photo #331173

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Overview
Deck truss bridge on North Main Street (Old OH 8) in Cuyahoga Falls
Location
Summit County, Ohio
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1948 by the Wilbur Watson & Assoc.; rehabilitated 1993
Builders
- Bates & Rogers Construction Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Contractor)
- Wilbur J. Watson & Co. of Cleveland, Ohio (Design)
Design
Deck truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 470.2 ft.
Total length: 902.9 ft.
Deck width: 52.2 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.12333, -81.50833   (decimal degrees)
41°07'24" N, 81°30'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/457328/4552572 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Akron West
Inventory numbers
ODOT 7730306 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 28447 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2015)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 39.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1997)
20,750

Update Log 

  • July 2, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: Add builders and info.
  • August 13, 2010: New Street View added by Jason Smith

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Main Street Bridge
Posted August 19, 2012, by robert (swimmerbob [at] hotmail [dot] com)

this is the High Level Bridge, a steel single box-arch built by Bethlehem Steel in 1949. it replaces an older brick/masonry multiple arch bridge which used to be located just to the west. i believe the builders plate, which used to be inset in the west side handrail was removed when they installed the high-fence railings- a measure put in place after numerous suicide victims' bodies found in the wooded gorge 200 feet below. originally, this bridge was fitted with an open-grid steel deck, but was upgraded to pavement because the deck was slippery and it got worse with the advent of wider vehicle tires in the 60's and 70's. the noise generated by traffic on the steel surface also drew a lot of complaints from local residents- some living miles away. the new paved surface effectively conceals the bridge design, and there are no roadways below, so it is understandable someone could mistake it for a deck truss.

Main Street Bridge
Posted August 19, 2012, by robert (swimmerbob [at] hotmail [dot] com)

this is the High Level Bridge, a steel single box-arch built by Bethlehem Steel in 1949. it replaces an older brick/masonry multiple arch bridge which used to be located just to the west. i believe the builders plate, which used to be inset in the west side handrail was removed when they installed the high-fence railings- a measure put in place after numerous suicide victims' bodies found in the wooded gorge 200 feet below. originally, this bridge was fitted with an open-grid steel deck, but was upgraded to pavement because the deck was slippery and it got worse with the advent of wider vehicle tires in the 60's and 70's. the noise generated by traffic on the steel surface also drew a lot of complaints from local residents- some living miles away. the new paved surface effectively conceals the bridge design, and there are no roadways below, so it is understandable someone could mistake it for a deck truss.