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Sidaway Avenue Footbridge


1. General view of bridge looking north.

This is the only suspension bridge in Cleveland. It was designed by Wilbur J. Watson and Associates, Consulting Engineers. Sections of the Wooden deck are missing, and the bridge is no longer used. HAER OHIO,18-CLEV,23-1



BH Photo #184768


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HAER Info: The Sidaway Avenue Footbridge is Cleveland's only suspension bridge. It was built by the New York, Chicago & St. Louis (Nickel Plate) Railroad Company. the bridge is 680 feet long with a center span of 400 feet. It was designed by the firm of Wilbur Watson & Associates of Cleveland. The pedestrian footbridge connected the Jackaow and Garden Valley neighborhoods until it was vandalized in 1966.

Bridges of Metropolitan Cleveland: The Sidaway Bridge is Cleveland's only suspension bridge. It is a pedestrian bridge that spans Kingsbury Run connecting two ends of Sidaway Ave. Sidaway Ave. begins at E. 65th Street and ends at Kinsman Road. This bridge was completed in 1931. It was in function until 1966. In July of 1966 there was a feud between a Polish-American neighborhood on one end of the bridge and an African-American neighborhood on the other side of the bridge. Someone set fire to the wooden deck and it was never replaced. There were talks from the Cleveland Metropolitan Park Board to move the bridge to the Bedford Reservation, but it has never occurred. Currently, the Sidaway Bridge is rusting away over Kingsbury Run.


Abandoned wire suspension footbridge between Jackaow and Garden Valley neighborhoods
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Built 1930 abandoned after vandalized in in 1966
- Wilbur J. Watson & Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
- New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (NKP)
Wire suspension
Length of largest span: 400.0 ft.
Total length: 680.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.47943, -81.64380   (decimal degrees)
41°28'46" N, 81°38'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/446249/4592180 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cleveland South
Inventory number
BH 46807 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 8, 2010: Updated by Eric Root: Added name of feature crossed and additional description
  • November 7, 2010: Added by Eric Root


  • Eric Root - ejort [at] att [dot] net


Sidaway Avenue Footbridge
Posted February 3, 2014, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to the attached PDF, this bridge is , along with several other bridges, being considered to become part of a greenway.