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Norfolk Southern Cuyahoga River Bridge

Nickel Plate Road High Level Bridge

   


Norfolk Southern Cuyahoga River Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 24, 2007
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Norfolk Southern) Over Cuyahoga River
Location
Cleveland: Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Structure Type
Metal 9 Panel Rivet-Connected Parker Through Truss, Movable: Vertical Lift and Approach Spans: Metal 6 Panel Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1957 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
267 Feet (81.4 Meters)
Structure Length
3010 Feet (917.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge's main vertical lift span is alone an impressive and historic structure. It was built in 1957. However, this bridge also features an extremely long approach spans to the east of the vertical lift that allow the line to act as an elevated rail line for a short time, as it curves and passes under the nearby expressway bridge. The highlight of this approach system is a skewed warren through truss with riveted connections. In addition, a non-skewed warren through truss with riveted connections is provides a westerly approach to the structure. In turn, a through plate girder overpass provides a westerly approach to this truss span. At least some of this approach system apparently is much older than the lift span, and dates to 1917.

This bridge is historically significant as a noteworthy construction achievement, due to the combined length of the bridge.

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