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Detroit Avenue Bridge (Approach Spans)

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 1, 2021

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Location
Rocky River: Cuyahoga County, Ohio: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Open Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1910 By Builder/Contractor: Schillinger Brothers Company of Columbus, Ohio and Engineer/Design: Wilbur J. Watson and Associates of Cleveland, Ohio and Alfred M. Felgate
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
280.0 Feet (85.3 Meters)
Structure Length
708.0 Feet (215.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 5 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

Although the record-breaking main span of this arch bridge was demolished many years ago, the approach spans at the west end of the bridge were reused as building foundations. Certainly, this is one of the more unusual adaptive reuses of a bridge. The rest of the bridge was demolished in 1980 following a bridge replacement project. The western approach spans remained until 1989 when a new 35,000 square foot building was constructed on top of them, under the direction of Cleveland-based developer John Ferchill. Some of the windows of the building fill the arches of the bridge. One of the spans remains open and can be driven under. The building itself is known as the Bridge Building, with an address of 18500 Lake Road.

The missing main span of this bridge was the longest unreinforced concrete arch span when constructed.

Original plans for the bridge are available for download. In these plans is a proposed multi-span design that was proposed but never built.

Dimensions and bridge type given are for the bridge prior to demolition.

Alfred M. Felgate was the engineer for the bridge, and he was associated with the county. Wilber J. Watson and Associates was the contractor's engineer who assisted with the centering for the bridge.

View Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Documentation For This Bridge

HAER Data Pages, PDF - HAER Original Plan Sheets, PDF

Above: Historical photo showing bridge construction.

Above: Historical HAER photo showing bridge before demolition.

Above: Historical HAER photo showing bridge before demolition.

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