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Detroit Ave. Bridge

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

Structure #1

Rocky River Bridge Bridges Type:Wooden Truss
Years Existed:1821-1850's
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Structure #2

Rocky River Bridge Bridges Type:Wooden Truss
Years Existed:1850's-1875
Background Information: "The second bridge across the Rocky River valley was built in the early 1850's replacing the first bridge that was built in 1821. Part of the Rockport Road Company's toll road it had a toll booth at the west end. The Silverthorne Tavern can be seen on the west side. A third timber trestle replaced this bridge in 1875." (from photo description Photo
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Structure #3

Rocky River Bridge Bridges Type:Wooden Truss
Years Existed:1875-1890
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Structure #4

Rocky River Bridge Bridges Type:Steel Truss
Years Existed:1890-1910
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Structure #5

Rocky River Bridge Bridges Type:Concrete Arch
Years Existed:1910-1980
Background Information: The Rocky River Bridge was built in 1910. When it was built, it was the world's longest concrete arch bridge. Up until it was demolished, this bridge remained the longest non-reinforced concrete bridge in America. It was 708 feet in length with the concrete arch span consisting of 280 feet of the total length. The bridge deck is about 95 feet above the Rocky River. It carried a 40 foot wide roadway and two eight foot side walks. Initially, this bridge carried a double-track interurban railway and two traffic lanes. Centered above each main arch rib are two chambers that were used for utility pipes and cables. A. M. Felgate (County Engineer) designed the bridge, Schillinger Brothers Company erected the bridge and Wilbur J. Watson designed the steel falsework used to support the concrete molds during construction. Source: Cleveland: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites and Bridges of Metropolitan Cleveland.
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Structure #6

Rocky River Bridge Bridges Type:Continuous Girder
Years Existed:1980-Present
Background Information: The Rocky River bridge was opened on September 8th, 1980. This bridge has a length of 625 ft and carries five lanes. It is a multi-span, steel structure. Source:Bridges of Metropolitan Cleveland
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