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Henderson Bridge


Source: Ohio Historic Bridge Inventory

BH Photo #248027

Street View 


Through truss bridge over Black River Ship Channel on OH 611 in Lorain
Lorain County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built 1939; rehabilitated 1989
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Cantilevered through truss
Length of largest span: 390.1 ft.
Total length: 1,704.2 ft.
Deck width: 42.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Lofton Henderson Memorial Bridge (official name)
21st Street Bridge (original name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.45736, -82.16026   (decimal degrees)
41°27'27" N, 82°09'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/403097/4590180 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 4707443 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 27922 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 69.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 9, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • February 4, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added ODOT photos and builder.
  • January 20, 2013: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • December 7, 2012: Updated by J.P.: corrected Location



Henderson Bridge
Posted March 23, 2013, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I wouldn't be surprised if they were spending the money to fund a program to explore replacing this bridge (i.e. 'seed money'). Hire bureaucrats who make promises to contractors who give money to politicians and then the new bridge project has a life of it's own. Watch them "like a hawk"! California got an unneeded $100 billion train line this way.

Henderson Bridge
Posted March 23, 2013, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I just heard from ODOT, this is a repair project not a replacement project. This beautiful truss award winner isn't going anywhere.

Henderson Bridge
Posted March 19, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I strongly believe this is being misreported and is actual a repair project. It is questionable that you could even demolish this bridge for $3 million, let alone even think about building a new bridge.

Henderson Bridge
Posted March 19, 2013, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Can they replace a bridge this big for just $3,250,000

Henderson Bridge
Posted March 19, 2013, by John Goold (BlueWilliamus [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have sent an email to the local newspaper alerting them to both the truss award and possible demolition. I think if word gets out there will be opposition in Lorain to demolition. This bridge is considered a beautiful landmark to many people in the community.