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Amid the Forest of Concrete and Steel

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Cleveland is known for its bridges over the Cuyahoga River and the Flats, an industrialized area along the river. Much of the time, Clevelanders and those passing through never see much more than the tops of those bridges.

Yet, if you find the right vantage point, you can enjoy the patterns and sheer massiveness of these steel and concrete structures.

Show amid this forest of metal is the lead locomotive of a westbound Norfolk Southern freight train crossing a trestle over the Flats. It is framed by the Inner Belt bridge, which carries Interstate 90.

But the cranes below are a sign of change about to come. The Inner Belt bridge will within a few years be replaced by two bridges, the first of which is under construction.

The existing Inner Belt bridge will be demolished.

We tend to think of bridges as functional and necessary structures. They are, of course, yet they can be intriguing things to study if you take the time to do it and have an eye and appreciation for detail.


Written by csanders429

July 13, 2012 at 7:35 am

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