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Cuyahoga River Bridge #1

The Iron Curtain

   


Cuyahoga River Bridge #1

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 24, 2007
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (CSX and Amtrak) Over Cuyahoga River
Location
Cleveland: Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1956 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

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

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is sometimes called the Iron Curtain. Built during the Cold War period where the term was used, the bridge's gateway-like location as the last bridge a boat passes under to enter Lake Erie, as well as its steel vertical lift design likely lent to this nickname for the bridge. This bridge was designed by Howard Needles Tammen and Bergendoff, but the actual contractor/builder is unknown.

The bridge is on a national scale, relatively young, nor is it the oldest bridge in Cleveland. Regardless, it is still an example of a design no longer built today and thus has some historic value. The bridge replaced a structure when the river was widened in a large project that had been launched in 1946.

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