ROOM WITH A VIEW: LORAIN ROAD BRIDGE AS SEEN FROM THE TOP FLOOR OF FAIRVIEW HOSPITAL IN CLEVELAND, OHIO

Submitted by Satinder P S Puri on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:58.

ROOM WITH A VIEW: STEEL PARABOLIC ARCHES OF LORAIN ROAD BRIDGE (OPENED IN 1935) IN ROCKY RIVER VALLEY AS SEEN FROM THE TOP (SIXTH) FLOOR OF FAIRVIEW HOSPITAL IN CLEVELAND, OHIO’S WEST PARK!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographed on the early evening of Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 – a few days before the snowstorm of Feb. 5, 2014, that dumped up to 8 in. of snow in the region.

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no more small compressive arch bridges like this

 These old bridges are beautiful examples of form following function.

But, they are time consuming to fabricate and construct.

Take a look at the newest bridge over the Cuyahoga - the Inner Belt bridge.  

Just horisontal deep section GIRDERS

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Metalurgy has improved.   Much higher tensil strengths and yields. Now we can just roll the beam.  Spit it out at the mill.    No fab necesary. 

Long spans in the 200 foot + range  can be made with no fab.   Just crane in a few girders. 

 

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Today's bridges don't look very attractie though. 

Check out the beautiful compresive arch bridges on Wikipedia here.

 

Thanks for the knock out bridge view image!

 

Bridges

  My Irish grandfather and his brother worked on these type of bridges...no one today can reproduce this level of craftmanship.