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Flats Industrial Railroad Bridge

Cuyahoga River Bridge #8

   


Flats Industrial Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 24, 2007
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Flats Industrial Railroad) Over Cuyahoga River
Location
Cleveland: Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1953 By Builder/Contractor: Mount Vernon Bridge Company of Mount Vernon, Ohio and Engineer/Design: Howard, Needles, Tammen and Bergendorff of Kansas City, Missouri

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
260 Feet (79.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

Compared to most vertical lift bridges, this structure features very small towers. A heavy plate girder-like structure acts as a brace between the two towers, which likely provides rigidity to the towers. The substructure of this bridge was built by Bates and Rogers Construction of Chicago, Illinois, a company run by noteworthy engineers including Onward Bates, a former engineer of railroad bridges. The Cleveland firm, McDowell Company erected the bridge. The electrical contractor was Dingle-Clark.

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