Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Bridge No. 463

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) Bridge No. 463 is a jackknife through truss bascule bridge over the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio.


History

The original B&O bridge, No. 403, 1 was a Scherzer rolling lift through truss bascule bridge with a main span of 161 feet. 4 It was constructed by the Cleveland & Valley Railroad (C&V), organized in 1871 to extend rail by the way of Akron to the north end of the Ohio & Erie Canal at Lake Erie. 3 The C&V went bankrupt in 1880 and reorganized in 1894 as the Cleveland Terminal & Valley Railroad (CT&V). The B&O purchased the CT&V in 1909.

Bridge No. 403 was replaced with a jackknife through truss bascule bridge by the American Bridge Company in 1956, becoming Bridge No. 463. 2 4 It featured a main span of 255 feet with a clear channel distance of 231 feet. 4

The abandoned bridge, left in the raised position, was lit in 1996 as part of Cleveland’s bicentennial project. 2


Information

  • State: Ohio
  • Route: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
  • Type: Through Truss Bascule
  • Status: Abandoned / Closed
  • Total Length: 255 feet
  • Deck Width: 22 feet
  • Above Vertical Clearance: 23 feet

Sources

  1. Cramer, Bill, et al. “The B&O In Cleveland.” The Sentinel, vol. 36, no. 2, Summer 2014.
  2. Bona, Marc. “Bridges of the Crooked River.” Plain-Dealer [Cleveland], 24 Nov. 2015.
  3. Watson, Sara Ruth, and John R. Wolfs. “The Railroad Era in Cleveland Bridge History.” Bridges of Metropolitan Cleveland, MSL Academic Endeavors, 1981, pp. 55-59.
  4. Watson, Sara Ruth, and John R. Wolfs. “Movable Bridges.” Bridges of Metropolitan Cleveland, MSL Academic Endeavors, 1981, pp. 44-45.

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