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Ohio Turnpike - Cuyahoga River Bridge (Old)


Bridge with Cuyahoga Valley Scenic RR train under it

Public domain photo taken by the Environmental Protection Agency


View this photo at Wikimedia Commons

BH Photo #510897


At a half-mile long, 175 feet high, and costing $6 million, these were the highest and longest bridges on the Ohio Turnpike. In 2003, they were the longest structures to ever have been explosively demolished.


Written by Paul Plassman

October 27, 1952
Ground broken at bridge site for beginning of Ohio Turnpike

October 1, 1955
219 miles of Ohio Turnpike opens, including the Cuyahoga River bridges

December 22, 1999
Construction begins on new eastbound bridge

October 12, 2001
New eastbound bridge opens to traffic

November 12, 2001
1st steel truss section imploded

November 20, 2001
Construction begins on new westbound bridge

January 12, 2002
Old eastbound bridge demolished by implosion

September 8, 2003
New westbound bridge opens to traffic

November 5, 2003
Old westbound bridge demolished by implosion


Lost Warren deck truss bridge over Cuyahoga River, Riverview Road, & Cuyahoga Valley Scenic RR on I-80 (Ohio Turnpike)
Summit County, Ohio
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1955 by the Horvitz Co.; replaced in 2001 and 2003; eastbound bridge imploded January 2002; westbound bridge imploded November 2003
- Horvitz Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
- Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR)
Massive pair of Warren deck truss bridges with girder approaches
Nine 250', 10-panel Warren deck truss spans
Four 100' steel girder spans
Length of largest span: 250.0 ft.
Total length: 2,688.1 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 42.0 ft.
Also called
Boston Mills Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.25574, -81.55561   (decimal degrees)
41°15'21" N, 81°33'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/453453/4567295 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 7729626 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 94849 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 18, 2023: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 6, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 6, 2021: Essay added by Paul Plassman
  • October 27, 2021: Added by Paul Plassman

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Ohio Turnpike - Cuyahoga River Bridge (Old)
Posted October 29, 2021, by Paul Plassman

I've always been amazed by the size and quantity of the Cuyahoga River's deck trusses. For a relatively small river and one in a state that is not generally considered hilly (although Ohio has a lot more rugged topography in parts of it than a lot of people realize) it sure has (or had before the demo of this one and the Innerbelt) quite a collection of this relatively rare bridge type.

Interestingly, I believe this was the only truss bridge on the entire Ohio Turnpike. The second-largest span on the highway, the Maumee River crossing at Toledo, was a deck plate girder (possibly riveted) which was itself replaced in 1997 as part of the widening project.

Ohio Turnpike - Cuyahoga River Bridge (Old)
Posted October 28, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Nice work finding that photo! I have a friend who had told me there used to be a pair of deck trusses here, it was hard to believe at the time. The only surviving structure of interest on the entire Ohio Turnpike is a short distance east of this location https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=o...

Ohio Turnpike - Cuyahoga River Bridge (Old)
Posted October 27, 2021, by Paul Plassman