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Cherry Street Bridge

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Cherry Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 7, 2015

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Cherry Street (Main Street) Over Maumee River and Water Street
Toledo: Lucas County, Ohio: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Rolling Lift) and Approach Spans: Concrete Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
204 Feet (62.2 Meters)
Structure Length
1,199 Feet (365.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
64 Feet (19.51 Meters)
1 Main Span(s) and 10 Approach Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This bridge has been altered, resulting in a severe loss of historic integrity and significance!

Bridge Status: The main bascule span of this bridge was demolished and replaced with a modern welded bascule span in 2002!

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.

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The bridge carries a 4 lane roadway over the Maumee River and Water Street in downtown Toledo.

Physical Description

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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