Detroit-Superior Bridge


Detroit-Superior Bridge

Infobox Bridge
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caption=The Detroit-Superior Bridge from west bank of the Flats
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Detroit Avenue
crosses=Cuyahoga River
locale=Cleveland, Ohio
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design=Compression arch suspended-deck bridge
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length=3,112 foot (949 meter)
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height=196 feet (60 meters)
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below=96 feet (29 meters)
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begin=1914
complete=1917
open=1918
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The Detroit-Superior Bridge (officially known as the Veterans Memorial Bridge) is a 3,112 foot (949 meter) long compression arch suspended-deck bridge over the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. The bridge links Detroit Avenue on Cleveland's west side and Superior Avenue on Cleveland's east side, terminating west of Public Square. Construction by the King Bridge Company began in 1914 and completed in 1918, at a cost of $5.4 million. It was the first fixed high level bridge in Cleveland, and the third high level bridge above the Cuyahoga (the first was the Old Superior Viaduct and the second the Central Viaduct, also built by the King Company). At its completion, the bridge was the largest steel and concrete reinforced bridge in the world.

The bridge has 96 feet (29 meters) of clearance above the river and rises to 196 feet (60 meters) above the river at the peak of the central span. The bridge has an upper level for road traffic and a lower level (intended for streetcars) that has been closed since streetcar operations ceased in 1954. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 18, 1974.

The bridge and subway station are open to the public for tours a few times per year, typically around Memorial Day and Labor Day. Self-guided tours are free of charge. [ [http://www.cuyctyengineers.org/subway_tour.htm Veterans Memorial Bridge and Subway Tours] , Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office. Accessed 2007-07-24.]

ee also

*Hope Memorial Bridge
*List of crossings of the Cuyahoga River

References

External links

* [http://www.kingbridgeco.com/new_page_20.htm King Bridge Company]
* [http://web.ulib.csuohio.edu/speccoll/bccc/bccc07.html Bridges of Cleveland]
* [http://html.ulib.csuohio.edu/scripts/gis/chronology.asp?id=CUY0006 Detroit-Superior Bridge at HLNEO]
*Structurae|id=s0001389|title=Detroit-Superior High Level Bridge

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place = Cuyahoga River
bridge = Detroit-Superior Bridge
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upstream = Central Union Terminal Viaduct rail bridge
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downstream = Center Street swing bridge
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