A major engineering achievement when completed, today only the arch approach spans of this bridge are original. The concrete arches were built by C. H. Faith and Son Construction Company until the National Foundation and Engineering Company was organized to complete the work. More famous companies built the bascule span, including Kettler-Elliott Company of Chicago, Illinois and Toledo Bridge and Crane Company.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a 4 lane roadway over the Maumee River and Water Street in downtown Toledo.
The 17 span bridge consists of a 206'-long double-leaf bascule span flanked by 7 reinforced-concrete arch spans and 8 prestressed concrete beam spans placed in 2001-02 to replaced T beam spans.
A major rehabilitation project in 2002 resulted in replacement of the bascule superstructure and operating systems. Operators houses were extensively modified with all new electrical and mechanical systems. The operating houses were rehabilitated with some consideration for maintaining original architectural details. All of the T beam approach spans were replaced. The arches were rehabilitated.
Summary of Significance
The Scherzer rolling lift bridge built in 1914 was rehabilitated in 2002 with an adverse effect. All of the movable bridge's superstructure and operating systems were replaced with a modern bascule span. It no longer conveys the technological significance of the Scherzer design due to loss of integrity of design and materials. The arches and piers are the only original fabric remaining from 1914. The bridge was eligible in the prior inventory, but due to the adverse effect it is now not eligible.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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