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Center Street Bridge

   


Center Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 24, 2007
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Center Street Over Cuyahoga River
Location
Cleveland: Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Structure Type
Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Swing (Rim Bearing Bobtail) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1901 By Builder/Contractor: King Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1989
Main Span Length
245 Feet (74.7 Meters)
Structure Length
345 Feet (105.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.3 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
1869345

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

View Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Documentation For This Bridge

HAER Drawings, PDF - HAER Data Pages, PDF

This bridge features fifteen panels, and is a rare example of a bobtail swing bridge. It is also among the oldest of Cleveland's Bridges. Located directly under the Detroit Superior Bridge, it is also a significant and readily visible landmark for Cleveland. Interesting photos can be taken showing these two bridges together. The bridge is also a significant example of the work done by Cleveland-based and nationally recognized bridge builder, the King Bridge Company. The bridge has been maintained, and Cleveland appears to recognize the high level of importance this bridge has. Continued preservation of this structure is essential. The bridge remains in use for both vehicular traffic, and also operates to allow boat traffic to pass.

Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory

Summary of Significance

The 1901 swing span bridge is 1 of 2 swing span highway bridges in the state, and the only operable example. This was once the dominant form of movable bridge in the U.S. prior to 1910. Cleveland had 20 examples over the Cuyahoga River alone. This is the last. The eligible recommendation of the prior inventory remains appropriate.

Justification

Five of the seven vertical lift or swing span movable bridges are located in industrial Cleveland over the Cuyahoga River and date to 1901. Their ranks are augmented by the many vertical lift, swing span and rolling lift bridges that carry railroads over navigable water. Railroad bridges are not included in this database, but they certainly represent their technologies as well as the vehicular examples, and when considered as a whole population, the bridge types are common. This bridge has high significance because it is the historically and technologically most significant extant example of its type.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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