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American Steel and Wire Company - Central Furnaces Bridge

American Steel and Wire Company - Central Furnaces Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 24, 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Abandoned Access Over Railroad (Norfolk Southern)
Cleveland: Cuyahoga County, Ohio: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
140 Feet (42.7 Meters)
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge has been abandoned for a long time. It crosses railroad tracks at elevation. At one time, this bridge was part of the steel industries that were once located here (and are documented by the above Historic American Engineering Record link). The approach has been removed at one end. The Historic Bridge Inventory made a mistake and thought this was the Erie Railroad Bridge. Not true, but an easy mistake to make. Only a couple spans of the Erie Railroad Bridge survive in the form of a couple plate girder spans near this bridge.

Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory


The bridge was part of the Erie RR's line to waterfront (line that used brick arch bridges in the Flats). The river span was removed after it was hit by a freighter. The bridge is on the east side of the river. All track and other spans have been removed.

Physical Description

The one span, approximately 140'-long, warren with verticals thru truss bridge is traditionally composed. It is supported on concrete substructure units.


Appears to have integrity.

Summary of Significance

The bridge is remaining span of the Erie RR's viaduct over the river and B & O RR on the east side. Dated stylistically to ca. 1910, the bridge is not technologically significant. It is traditionally composed. It has lost its historic context. The Erie was one of the 3 major components of Conrail.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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