Truss bridges are truly amazing structures. Put one in a rural wooded setting and the trusses, with their complex geometric design, aesthetically fit quite well in with the networks of tree branches that surround them. In contrast, put a truss bridge in the densest industrial setting imaginable, and they fit in well there as well, with their steel beams and rivets.
Certainly, this bridge is the latter, a bridge located in the heart of Cleveland's heavy industrial area.
This bridge is listed as a 1954 structure, but it might in fact be older, since it contains more v-lacing and lattice on its built-up members than some of the other bridges in Cleveland from this mid-20th century period. On the other hand, it may just be a late example of a bridge utilizing those types of built-up beams.
Just as interesting, if not more, than the bridge itself, is the massive ore conveyor that is near the bridge. This conveyor serves the steel mills in the area and is in every sense of the idea, a truss bridge in itself, and a rather large, complex, and impressive one at that. This large structure features a warren truss configuration, built-up members with extensive v-lacing and lattice, and steel bent supports. It also features extensive sway bracing. Be sure to check the photo gallery for photos of this structure.
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