Ashtabula lift bridge

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West Fifth Street Bridge
Ashtabula Liftbridge silhouette.jpg
The Ashtabula lift bridge in raised position
Ashtabula lift bridge is located in Ohio
Ashtabula lift bridge
Ashtabula lift bridge is located in the US
Ashtabula lift bridge
Location SR 531 over Ashtabula River, Ashtabula, Ohio
Coordinates 41°54′1″N 80°47′53″W / 41.90028°N 80.79806°W / 41.90028; -80.79806Coordinates: 41°54′1″N 80°47′53″W / 41.90028°N 80.79806°W / 41.90028; -80.79806
Area less than 1 acre (0.40 ha; 4,000 m2)
Built 1925
Architect Kell-Atkinson Const.
Architectural style Single leaf bascule
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP August 23, 1985

The Ashtabula lift bridge (also known as the West Fifth Street bridge) is a Strauss bascule bridge that carries Ohio State Route 531 over the Ashtabula River in the harbor of Ashtabula, Ohio.

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.[2]


A river crossing had been at the bridge's site long before it was constructed.[2]

In 1889, a 19th century pontoon bridge on the site was replaced by a through truss bridge, which permitted river access because it was a swing bridge.[2]

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,[3] and the only one extant in the state highway system.[2]

In 1985, the bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

In 1986, the bridge was restored.[4]

From March 2008 through May 2009, the bridge was closed for repairs and repainting.[4]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 1. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 36.
  3. ^ David Borsvold, (2003) Ashtabula. Arcadia Publishing, 18. ISBN 0-7385-2311-9
  4. ^ a b Kroll, John (November 30, 2008). "Ashtabula bridge closing separates merchants from shoppers". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-01-25.