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High Level Bridge


Cuyahoga River Gorge and High Level Bridge, Cuyahoga Falls, Akron, Ohio

Boston Public Library

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #317650


Bridge stood 190' high above the Cuyahoga River and was said to be the highest concrete highway viaduct at the time it was built (Engineering Record).

Description from Old Postcard 

From Sent From The Past

This is one of the many pretty spots in the Gorge along the Cuyahoga River. The Gorge is part of the Metropolitan Park System of Akron. The High Level Bridge connects Akron with Cuyahoga Falls, and is on the road to Cleveland. It is one of the highest bridges in the United States, being 190 feet above the river bed. State Highway No. 8 passes over it. A very beautiful view of the Gorge can be had from this bridge.


Lost Open-spandrel arch bridge over Cuyahoga River on N. Howard Street
Summit County, Ohio
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1915 by Wilbur J. Watson & Co.; Replaced 1949
- Wilbur J. Watson & Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Open-spandrel concrete arch
Length of largest span: 127.0 ft.
Total length: 781.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.12276, -81.50926   (decimal degrees)
41°07'22" N, 81°30'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/457249/4552509 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Akron West
Inventory number
BH 66422 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 11, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added dimensions & description
  • January 14, 2022: New photo from Paul Plassman
  • September 3, 2017: New photos from Luke
  • September 3, 2017: Essay added by Hope
  • March 6, 2015: Added by Dave King

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