Rehabilitation of the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio, has been a challenging undertaking. Engineers that started the $45 million project in January 1995 have had to weigh structural integrity, economic considerations, and historical sensitivity. When the bridge opened in 1917, it was the longest double-decked reinforced concrete bridge in the world. The upper deck carried four lanes of highway traffic and had sidewalks on each side; the lower deck carried four streetcar tracks. This article provides a history of the bridge, including its repair history. In addition, details of the structural inspection are presented as well as the challenges in planning to duplicate the historic and architectural design while satisfying current safety and design requirements. Scheduled completion is November 1996.


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  • Accession Number: 00726997
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1996 12:00AM