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US-42 Overpass

US-42 Overpass

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 24, 2007

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Cleveland: Cuyahoga County, Ohio: United States
Structure Type
Metal 9 Panel Rivet-Connected Pratt Deck Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
138.0 Feet (42.1 Meters)
Structure Length
685.0 Feet (208.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
48 Feet (14.63 Meters)
2 Main Span(s) and 8 Approach Span(s)
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This bridge had a 1912 construction date given, which appears to be incorrect. The Historic Bridge Inventory also happened upon a 1917 construction date, which they felt referred to the substructure. The reason these dates are assumed incorrect for the bridge superstructure is because the bridge uses rolled beams for all members and chords. The trusses on the bridge appear to retain good historic integrity, however the deck and possibly the entire flooring system appears to have been extensively altered.

Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory


The viaduct carries a 4-lane arterial street and sidewalks over a local street through an industrial corridor, the N-S RR, and

Physical Description

The main span of the 10-span, 685'-long bridge is a riveted deck truss main span and girder-floorbeam and stringer approach spans supported on concrete substructure units. It is finished with modern concrete traffic and pedestrian railings/barriers. The 1917 date refers to ashlar substructure units from the previous superstructure at the crossing.


Widened and new barriers in 1994.

Summary of Significance

It appears that neither the 1917 nor the 1994 dates are correct for the superstructure, which appears to date to ca. 1955 for the riveted and bolt connected truss lines that have rolled section web members. The bridge was widened slightly in 1994. The bridge has no innovative or distinctive details common to the period, and it is not historically or technologically significant. The 1917 date is derived from substructure units.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No


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