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Coit Avenue Railroad Overpass

Coit Avenue Railroad Overpass

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 7, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Norfolk Southern and RTA Rapid Transit) Over Coit Avenue
East Cleveland: Cuyahoga County, Ohio: United States
Structure Type
Metal Three-Hinged Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1912 By Builder/Contractor: King Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio and Engineer/Design: A. J. Hines

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
62 Feet (18.9 Meters)
Structure Length
64 Feet (19.51 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is one of a number of surviving overpass bridges of the same design on this railroad line in East Cleveland. Reportedly constructed out of a desire on the part of area residents for aesthetically pleasing designs, these bridges are extremely rare and unusual examples of steel arch bridges in a plate girder format and used as railroad over highway grade separations. Traditionally, railroads would use more common bridge types (plate girder, concrete slab, etc) to construct grade separations. This use of steel arch bridges is highly unusual. Moreover, steel arch bridges in any setting do not typically manifest themselves as solid (ie closed spandrel) arches, as seen with these bridges.

The bridges are three hinged arch bridges although the hinges at the ends of the spans are hidden inside concrete. The crown hinges in contrast are clearly visible.

The bridges are also noted for their distinctive and beautiful railing.

In addition to their technological significance as unusual bridge types, the bridges were also built by the noteworthy King Bridge Company, which adds to their historic significance.

View the Eddy Road Bridge page for a historical photo of one of these bridges, as well as a link to a historical article.

Unlike some of the other bridges in this group, the Coit Avenue Railroad Overpass does not have any newer bridges next to it, so you can enjoy unobstructed views. Also, this bridge shows a skew, and the arrangement of the floor beams at the crown hinge are at an angle with the skew, while the other floor beams are not.


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