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.
The plaque on the Lakefront Avenue Bridge has a 1911 date instead of 1912 found on the others in this group, suggesting it was constructed before the others, even if only by a year.
The arch design of these overpasses presents a bit of an obstacle course for tall trucks. The photo to the right shows a truck driver carefully navigating a truck under the bridge.
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