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EL - Cuyahoga River Bridge


EL - Cuyahoga River

Cleveland State University Library Collection

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in January 2015


BH Photo #374817



According to the Bridges of Metropolitan Cleveland , The Erie Railroad Bridge a Jackknife is currently on the river replacement program. This crossing of the river is also one of the earliest dating from 1850. The present bridge replaced an older swing bridge the, east pier of which is still in use. The bridge collapsed in the 1900's as a result of a train wreck. The present bridge is to be replaced by a single track lift bridge, but the current bankrupt Erie railroad now in the hands of Conrail and the closing of the Erie ore dock make the replacement uncertain.

This is a mystery bridge I ran across this photo in a book Prize bridges, this bridge is not mistaking from a Iron Curtain railroad bridge near Lake Erie that did had 11 lift bridges of 6 railroad lift bridges and 5 motor lift bridges, today is 10 lift bridges. According to the construction of this bridge price is 4,300,000.


Lost Warren through truss bridge over Cuyahoga River on Erie Lackawanna Railroad
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Never Built
Planned, but never built
- Erie Lackawanna Railroad (EL)
Warren through truss vertical lift
Length of largest span: 98.0 ft.
Total length: 324.0 ft.
Deck width: 66.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 2,300.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Skew angle
99 degrees
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.48698, -81.67967   (decimal degrees)
41°29'13" N, 81°40'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/443261/4593041 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cleveland South
Inventory number
BH 74974 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 30, 2016: Added by Douglas Butler

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EL - Cuyahoga River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2016, by Douglas Butler

Luke you are correct it had a earlier swing bridge that collapsed in the 1900's

So probably a bascule bridge was built in 1911 to replace a swing bridge though.

EL - Cuyahoga River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2016, by Luke

Douglas, based on the quote you've supplied, and the fact that the bascule was removed in the 80s, I think it's safe to say that this bridge was planned, but never built.

A good find, especially considering a bridge in the "Never Built" category hasn't been added in a while!