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Toledo Terminal Railroad Bridge

Upper Maumee River Swing Bridge

Toledo Terminal Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 7, 2015

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Abandoned Toledo Terminal Railroad) Over Maumee River
Location
Maumee and Perrysburg: Lucas County, Ohio and Wood County, Ohio: United States
Structure Type
Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Swing (Rim Bearing Center Pier) and Approach Spans: Metal 6 Panel Rivet-Connected Pratt Deck Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1902 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York and Engineer/Design: Waddell and Hedrick

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
250 Feet (76.2 Meters)
Structure Length
1450 Feet (441.96 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

Bridge Status: Demolished and replaced in 2018-2019.

Built in 1902, this bridge is an early surviving work associated with famous engineer J.A.L. Waddell. Although Waddell was a major proponent of the vertical lift type of movable bridge, he did design swing bridges as well, as this bridge shows. At the time this bridge was built, the firm Waddell was a part of was called Waddell and Hedrick. Very few bridges survive from the Waddell and Hedrick era, more numerous examples are from the next company he was with called Waddell and Harrington. This bridge is also a relatively early example of a bridge built by the American Bridge Company which formed only two years earlier.

The bridge is very high off the water for a bridge of a movable design. Only very tall boats would require the bridge to open. The bridge has undoubtedly not operated for many decades. The turnpike bridge next to it is at the same elevation and is of fixed design.

The design of the bridge is of interest in that the through truss swing span bears directly on the truss structure of the adjacent deck truss approach spans. The extensive approach system of multiple deck truss spans combine with the main swing span to create a large, impressive, and iconic historic bridge.

In 1982 unspecified damage occured to the bridge and/or the approaching railroad and the bridge has been abandoned ever since. There are plans to turn this corridor into a rail-trail. Despite the bridge's beauty, iconic design, and historic significance, there has actually been a proposal to replace this bridge with a all-new modern pedestrian bridge. This is a horrible idea and HistoricBridges.org is working to fight this effort and demonstrate that a railroad bridge designed to handle heavy trains can probably handle pedestrians!

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