Ashtabula lift bridge
West Fifth Street Bridge
The Ashtabula lift bridge in raised position
|Location||SR 531 over Ashtabula River, Ashtabula, Ohio|
|Area||less than 1 acre (0.40 ha; 4,000 m2)|
|Architectural style||Single leaf bascule|
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|Added to NRHP||August 23, 1985|
Besides its importance as a major transportation route in Ashtabula, the bridge occupies a crucial location in the city's built environment; the Ashtabula Harbour Commercial District terminates at the bridge's western end.
A river crossing had been at the bridge's site long before it was constructed.
In 1925, the bridge was constructed by a Cleveland firm, Wendell P. Brown, for $179,000. The lifting action depends on electric motors and a massive concrete counterweight. It is one of only two of its type that remain in service in the state of Ohio, and the only one extant in the state highway system.
In 1986, the bridge was restored.
From March 2008 through May 2009, the bridge was closed for repairs and repainting.
- The Charles Berry Bridge, another bascule bridge in Ohio
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 1. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 36.
- David Borsvold, (2003) Ashtabula. Arcadia Publishing, 18. ISBN 0-7385-2311-9
- Kroll, John (November 30, 2008). "Ashtabula bridge closing separates merchants from shoppers". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-01-25.