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Harvard Denison Bridge

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

Structure #1

Bridge Type:Steel Truss
Years Existed:1910-1970
Background Information: The first Harvard-Denison Bridge cost $527,000 to build and extended 2,781 feet between abutments or 3,233ft from end to end. It was 56ft. wide and consisted of a 40 foot roadway, two 8 foot sidewalks, and two streetcar tracks. It consisted of 22 steel deck truss spans. It used 17,000 cubic yards of concrete, 6,320 tons of structural steel, and 350 tons of steel reinforcement. In 1970, the bridge was torn down because acid fumes from top secret uranium processing during World War II caused irreversible damage. Sources: Bridges of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County and Bridges of Metropolitan Cleveland

Structure #2

Bridge Type:Continuous Girder
Years Existed:1978-Present
Background Information: The current Harvard-Denison Bridge is 3000 feet long. It is located at the same location as the previous bridge except that the west end is curved approximately 150 feet to the north, to a connection with Denison Avenue and West 14th Street. The main purpose for the design was to accommodate the Jennings Freeway. The construction plans for the current bridge were made by the firm of Howard, Needles, Tammen and Bergendoff. The bridge was built using federal funds but is maintained by Cuyahoga County. Source:Bridges of Metropolitan Cleveland