Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge

The Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge is a five-span open-spandrel arch bridge that carries OH 82 over the Cuyahoga River and valley in Cuyahoga and Summit counties, Ohio.

The two-lane crossing was designed by county engineer A.M. Felgate 5 and constructed in 1930-31 by the Highway Construction Company under the supervision of Felgate. It was rehabilitated in 1989.

In 2012, five men were arrested and accused of planning to blow up the bridge. 1 The five were accused of planting what they thought were explosives and attempting to detonate it with a cell phone. 1 Following guilty pleas and one conviction, the men were sentenced between November 2012 and October 2013. 2 3

  • Total Length: 1,130 fet
  • Main Span Length: 181 feet
  • Deck Width: 20 feet
  • Height: 145 feet
  1. “Bridge bomb plot: What was the plan? How was it foiled?” Plain Dealer [Cleveland], 2 May 2012.
  2. “Sentencing postponed for man accused in bridge bombing attempt.” Plain Dealer [Cleveland], 21 Nov. 2012.
  3. “”Last of five conspirators in Ohio 82 bridge-bombing plot sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.” Plain Dealer [Cleveland], 7 Oct. 2013.
  4. Watson, Sara Ruth, and John R. Wolfs. “Ornamental and Park Bridges.” Bridges of Metropolitan Cleveland, 1981, p. 77.
  5. Historic American Engienering Record, U.S. Department of the Interior. Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge. Research report no. HAER No. OH-66, 11 Aug. 1988.

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