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Columbus Road Bridge (Old)


Columbus Road Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in July 2012

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)


BH Photo #267723



Columbus road bridge

Just repaired and painted

Douglas Butler

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Time Lapse: Moving Columbus Rd Bridge onto Barge

Time lapse of replacement span loading onto barge to be floated into place



Among the oldest of the vertical lift bridges in Cleveland, the Columbus Road Bridge is an 11 panel Camelback Truss. Originally built in 1940, 2013 saw the replacement of the center span with a more modern Camelback Truss.


Vertical lift bridge on Columbus Road (CR 356) in Cleveland
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1940 by the Public Works Administration; Replaced 2013 still in use of vehical traffic
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Public Works Administration
Vertical Lift 11-Panel Camelback Truss
Length of largest span: 242.1 ft.
Total length: 358.9 ft.
Deck width: 42.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.48836, -81.70048   (decimal degrees)
41°29'18" N, 81°42'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/441525/4593208 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cleveland South
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 1833758 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 27439 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 94.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 26, 2018: Updated by Luke: "100% replacement of superstructure/main span = Replacement" - Nathan Holth of HistoricBridges
  • April 26, 2018: Updated by Douglas Butler: Still in good shape not lost in use for vehicle traffic
  • April 25, 2018: Updated by Luke: Reverted to lost: Mounting a 2013 bridge to 1940 machinery doesn't make it a 1940s bridge.
  • April 25, 2018: Updated by Amanda: Revert: Doug is correct, bridge was never completely lost at the towers remain
  • January 6, 2018: New photo from Geoffrey Moreland
  • January 5, 2018: New video from Geoffrey Moreland
  • September 4, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Riveted"
  • July 29, 2017: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • November 15, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 5, 2016: New video from Douglas Butler
  • December 29, 2015: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • December 19, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • December 5, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 17, 2015: New photo from Luke
  • May 4, 2015: Updated by Douglas Butler: New lift span installed and painted green in 2015
  • February 10, 2015: HAER photos posted by James Baughn
  • November 5, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 5, 2013: Updated by C Hanchey: Added categories "HAER documented", "Ohio Department of Transportation Historic Bridge List "
  • August 15, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • March 30, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Most of this bridge to be demolished and replaced.
  • September 22, 2012: Updated by C Hanchey: updated location
  • October 14, 2010: Updated by D. Thomsen: Added Cuyahoga River
  • January 3, 2010: New photos from Bill Eichelberger

Related Bridges 


  • Bill Eichelberger
  • D. Thomsen - dcthomsen [at] comcast [dot] net
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Douglas Butler
  • HAER OH-55 - Columbus Road Lift Bridge, Spanning Cuyahoga River at Columbus Road, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH
  • Flickr - Imagery
  • Luke
  • Geoffrey Moreland


Columbus Road Bridge
Posted April 25, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

100% replacement of superstructure/main span = replacement. That has been a standard on this website (and mine) for a long time. Moreover, the composition of the built-up beams in the replacement truss do not match the historic truss, which further differs this project from heavy rehabs of bridges in Chicago where sometimes up to 90% of the truss spans have been replaced, albeit with near exact replicas with exception of rivets. http://www.americanbridge.net/featured-projects/columbus-roa...

Columbus Road Bridge
Posted April 25, 2018, by Douglas Butler

The lift span was replaced by a lift span same 2013 to the two towers correct and painted green then in service I'm from Cleveland the proof is in the pudding that the Columbus road bridge is still in use for vehicles

Columbus Road Bridge
Posted April 25, 2018, by Luke

This bridge only had one span. That span was replaced in 2013. That means (drumroll) that the bridge is lost.

Furthermore, the "superstructure replaced" status option that Amanda herself used is nested below "demolished" in the dropdown box. So, by the webmaster's own standards, the bridge is lost.

It's lost. It should be marked as such.

Columbus Road Bridge
Posted April 25, 2018, by Douglas Butler


This bridge is not lost or removed this bridge was painted green after a few years of the lift span replaced with another lift span, this bridge is still in use for vehicle traffic.