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Sumner Street Bridge

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Sumner Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 4, 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Abandoned Sumner Street Over Railroad (Norfolk Southern)
Toledo: Lucas County, Ohio: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is an abandoned highway bridge.

The deck is very interesting because it is brick! Unfortunately, an asphalt layer placed on top hides most of it. The bridge features both v-lacing and lattice, and the portal bracing and sway bracing use an unusual lattice design, which features fairly large gusset plates to fasten the lattice to.

The bridge is an two span Pratt through truss with riveted connections. Each span features eight panels. Cantilevered sidewalks are present on either side of the structure, and may or may not be original. The bridge is closed to vehicular traffic, but pedestrians can still access the structure. The bridge appears to have been closed when the expressway was constructed, since I-75 cut off the south access to this bridge.

Jim McGee provided the following history:

This was a vehicular traffic/road bridge originally known as the Sumner Street bridge. It was also US 23 through Toledo in 1938. US 23 was connected from Broadway to Logan Street, crossing the bridge over the New York Central Railroad main line and Toledo Union Station, running south to Woodward Avenue where it intersected and became the Fassett Street bridge, crossing the Maumee River Fassett Street intersected with Miami Street and turned south which is the current day Oh- RT 65.

I remember as a youth growing up in Toledo about the construction of I-75 and the Fassett Street bridge. I had to do some digging to reverify what my mind recollected, and found the evidence in a 1938 USGS map.


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