This is one of the smallest known examples of a steel deck cantilever truss bridge.
The historic bridge inventory and other sources online list this as a steel deck arch bridge. However, the original drawings for this bridge clearly describe the bridge as a "cantilever deck bridge" indicating that the bridge actually functions as a deck cantilever truss bridge.
The bridge was fabicated at the Toledo plant of the American Bridge Company.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a 2-lane street over a ravine in a residential setting in Toledo. The residences are a mix of late 19th to modern houses without the consistency or integrity of a potential historic district.
The 3-span, 175'-long, steel arch bridge is composed of built-up arches of standard sections. The two arch ribs (or lower chords) are built-up of curved channel segments with lacing. The segments have riveted splice plates. The arches support verticals and diagonals of back-to-back angles with lacing. The upper chords are angles with lacing. Built-up floorbeams are supported atop the verticals. Everything from the deck up is modern material, including the longitudinal welded steel beams at the deck fasciae. The bridge has beam guide rails.
Everything from the deck up is modern material (ca. 1975, ca. 2005), including railings. The arch has loss of fabric from deterioration of the steel.
Summary of Significance
The steel arch bridge was selected eligible by ODOT's prior inventory. Other than replacement of the railings (replacing railings that were themselves replacements), there has been no change in the bridge's status. There are 23 steel arches in the ODOT inventory dating from 1897 to 1958. They range from mundane short-span culverts to monumental bridges, like the 1935 Lorain Road Viaduct in Cleveland. This bridge, which is not aesthetic, falls somewhere in between. It is the second oldest steel arch in the inventory, but for its period it was not innovative technology and was a somewhat odd choice for a three-span bridge of this length.
The bridge is one of the five extant examples of the type that was used for a variety of crossing types, from major, monumental bridges like the 1917 Detroit-Superior Viaduct in Cleveland to the 1952 Gordon Park Pedestrian bridge over the Memorial Shoreway. It has moderate significance as it is not one of the monumental ones.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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