This bridge is sometimes called the Iron Curtain. Built during the Cold War period where the term was used, the bridge's gateway-like location as the last bridge a boat passes under to enter Lake Erie, as well as its steel vertical lift design likely lent to this nickname for the bridge. This bridge was designed by Howard Needles Tammen and Bergendoff, but the actual contractor/builder is unknown.
The bridge is on a national scale, relatively young, nor is it the oldest bridge in Cleveland. Regardless, it is still an example of a design no longer built today and thus has some historic value. The bridge replaced a structure when the river was widened in a large project that had been launched in 1946.
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