|Photo showing new N & W bridge and old swing bridge ( Courtesy Morning Journal)|
The bridge replaced a 1907 swing bridge, which was cut up for scrap afterwards.
The caption for the photo above which ran in the Lorain Journal read, "RISING TO SEAWAY specified heights are these twin towers of the new $6.5 million Norfolk & Western Railroad Company bridge over the Black River. Soon the mid-section (a tip is visible in the bottom right of the photo) will be floated downstream and tied in. Then the old swing bridge (shown) and its concrete-bases will be removed. The new bridge will provide clearance of nearly double the present channel. This is the last major leg of a $22 million harbor and river improvement project begun under a federal financial commitment in 1960. Only a cut in the river bank opposite the American Ship's yards remains to complete the entire task.Engineers for the new bridge are Hardesty & Hanover and the superstructure is being handled by Allied Construction, Hammond, Ind. (Journal Photo by Scott Bruce)."
The photo below showing both bridges ran in the Chronicle-Telegram on June 16, 1974.
This photo (below) ran as part of the same C-T article. Its caption read, "SMALL BUT POWERFUL, a tug works to bring the center span into place."
Sunday was a beautiful day for photography, so I decided to get a few shots of the bridge as it looks today. (Click on each for that you-are-there experience!)
|The view from the River Walk at Black River Landing|
|The view from Colorado Avenue looking west|
|The view from the bypassed alignment of Broadway looking east|
Thanks again to Jim for sharing his clippings!