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Front Street Bridge

Photos 

Postcard

Circa 1907

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BH Photo #408940

Map 

Description 

There were two bridges that joined Akron and Cuyahoga Falls over the gorge that surrounded the Cuyahoga River. The lower bridge was built by John F. Seiberling's Akron Traction Company in 1895. In 1903, the upper bridge was build for the Akron, Bedford & Cleveland (AB&C) Railroad.

This double-track streetcar upper bridge was located near the road that is now Front Street, north of Cuyahoga Falls Avenue. It was once called the High Bridge, as were several other local bridges. It later became known as the Gorge Bridge or the Northern Ohio Traction and Light Company (NOT&LC) Bridge. After interurbans (electric self-propelled railcars) stopped running in 1932, it was taken over by the county and converted for general traffic.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Deck truss bridge over Cuyahoga River on Front Street (former Northern Ohio Traction and Light Company) in Cuyahoga Falls
Location
Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, Ohio
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1903, approach replaced in 1912, converted to road circa 1932
Railroads
- Interurban
- Northern Ohio Traction & Light Co. (NOT&L)
- Rail-to-road
Design
One pin-connected Pratt deck truss span
Two pin-connected Warren deck truss spans
Timber stringer approach (later replaced by Deck plate girder)
Also called
NOT&L - Cuyahoga Falls Bridge
Gorge Bridge
NOT&L - Gorge Bridge
NOT&L - Cuyahoga River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.11851, -81.49289   (decimal degrees)
41°07'07" N, 81°29'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/458621/4552029 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Akron East
Inventory number
BH 60148 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 1, 2017: New photos from Jacob P. Bernard
  • March 7, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Northern Ohio Traction & Light Co.", "Railroad"
  • March 7, 2014: Added by Frank Hicks

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