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Cherry Street Bridge (1914)


Main span

Photo taken by Jonathan Maxwell

BH Photo #108356

Street View 


Bascule bridge over Maumee River on Cherry Street in Toledo
Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built 1914; rehabilitated 1968 and 2006
- Arnold W. Brunner of New York City, New York
- Osborn Engineering Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
- Ralph Modjeski of Bochnia, Poland (Chief Engineer, Adapted Plans By Others)
- Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- Toledo, Port Clinton, & Lakeside Railway (TPC&L)
Bascule Deck plate girder
Length of largest span: 204.1 ft.
Total length: 1,199.2 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge (official name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.65240, -83.52780   (decimal degrees)
41°39'09" N, 83°31'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/289510/4614270 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 4860004 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 27949 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 90.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 2, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 9, 2018: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 3, 2017: New photo from Hope
  • May 3, 2017: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • September 11, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added builder+architect
  • November 30, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • March 9, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • April 1, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Ralph Modjeski as Engineer.
  • November 30, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • February 22, 2011: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • October 16, 2010: New photos from Jason Smith
  • October 16, 2006: Posted photos from Jonathan Maxwell

Related Bridges 


  • Jonathan Maxwell - themaxwellshouse [at] roadrunner [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Douglas Butler
  • Luke
  • Hope - hopemoore [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Cherry Street Bridge
Posted June 5, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

It should be noted that the bascule span (the main span) of this bridge was demolished and replaced. You can see this in progress in the Street View and see the before in Jonathan Maxwell's photos, and the after in Jason Smith's photos. The concrete arch approach spans are original however. This is very strange since concrete has traditionally been more problematic to repair than steel. Its also very disappointing. The replacement bascule leaves are ugly. No rivets, no ribs, just a plain flat arched wall of metal.

Cherry Street Bridge
Posted November 1, 2009, by Todd aka "bridgebuilder" (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

The correct name for this bridge is the "Martin Luther King Bridge"...