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Veterans Memorial Bridge

The timeline of structures at this location reflects our best information to date and is NOT guaranteed to be complete.

Structure #1

PROPOSED BRIDGE Bridge Type:
Years Existed:PROPOSED BRIDGE
Background Information: Proposed Franklin-Superior Bridge
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Structure #2

Detroit-Superior Bridge Bridge Type:Hinged Arch
Years Existed:1917-Present
Background Information: The Detroit-Superior High Level Bridge was built in 1918. At that time, it was the largest double-deck, reinforced concrete structure in the world. The bridge is 3,112 feet long and the original width of the deck was 75 feet. The clearance over the Cuyahoga River is 96 feet. The lower deck (which is not used) has room for six streetcar tracks with approaches with enough room for four subway tracks. From 1967-1968, the deck was improved to accommodate a six-lane roadway. This accommodation was done by cantilevering the extra lanes. Currently there are plans to change portions of the bridge into a park. Source: Bridges of Metropolitan Cleveland The Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office runs tours of the lower deck twice a year. Link to bridge tour information
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