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.
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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