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Lorain Road 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 Trestle Viaduct
Years Existed:1897-1935
Background Information: The Lorain Road Bridge was built in 1897. This bridge was a 1,219 feet long steel trestle viaduct. The bridge had nine spans which were on metal towers. The deck was 32 feet wide and was 130 feet above the Rocky River. The structure was designed by Osborn Engineering Company. Source: Bridges of Metropolitan Cleveland
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Structure #2

Bridge Type:Steel Arch
Years Existed:1935-Present
Background Information: The Lorain Road Bridge was opened in 1935. The road way is 40 feet wide and has two five foot side walks. The bridge has four parabolic, two-hinged steel arches. Two arches have a span of 256 feet from the center to center of the piers. Two end spans are unsymmetrical and have a span of 237 feet. The bridge is 130 feet above the Rocky River. A lot of welding was done on this bridge for aesthetic purposes. The bridge was designed by J.R. Burkey and W.H. Rabe of the Ohio State Highway Department. The Lorain Road Bridge received an award in 1935 from the American Institute of Steel Construction for being the most beautiful steel bridge in its class for that year. Source: Bridges of Metropolitan Cleveland
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