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Miles Road Bridge


Bridge Before Rehab

Old Ohio Historic Bridge Inventory Sheet


BH Photo #501995

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Open-spandrel arch bridge over Chagrin River on Miles Rd Cr 11
Bentleyville, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built 1957; Rehabilitated 2003
- Osborn Engineering Co. of Cleveland, Ohio (Design)
Open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 162.4 ft.
Total length: 398.6 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.42372, -81.41714   (decimal degrees)
41°25'25" N, 81°25'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/465143/4585879 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 1830775 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 93761 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 61.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 28, 2021: New Street View added by Nathan Holth


Miles Road Bridge
Posted July 28, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


I agree it might be that when James put together the website he only imported pre-1950 concrete arch bridges.

I pulled up the Historic Bridge Inventory and it seems the reason an arch was built here in the 1950s was because of its park setting. Here is the info from the inventory:

The South Chagrin Reservation bridge placed in 1957 and was designed by Osborn Engineering of Cleveland, who did other bridges for the Metropolitan Park Board in the 1950s and 1960s. The open spandrel arch bridge type was used because of the setting in the reservation. The bridge has no distinctive or innovative details, and it is traditional in its design and aesthetics. While handsome and representative example of its monumental bridge type, the bridge is a late example of a technology that had been used in Ohio and throughout the nation in similar settings since about 1910. There are numerous earlier examples including the 1909 Barrett Road railroad bridge in Berea and the 1925 Hilliard Road Bridge, both in Cuyahoga County, and the 1917 Victory Parkway Bridge at Cincinnati, as well as many of them have been determined to be select. This bridge is not historically or technologically significant. Osborn Engineering Company was the earliest engineering firm in Cleveland, and in addition to their many bridges and buildings in Cleveland, they are nationally known for stadiums.

Miles Road Bridge
Posted July 28, 2021, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It's not a common design for the late '50s. Perhaps the date is why it wasn't on the site. I also wonder if '57 is a rehab rather than a build. Nice to see a well cared for concrete arch.

Miles Road Bridge
Posted July 28, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I was worried I was adding a duplicate bridge here, I am not sure why this still extant large concrete arch bridge was not listed here... an unfortunate development as I drove over this bridge on my way to the Chagrin Falls Bridge. Due to the rehab it does not look historic from the road.