Edison Bridge (Ohio)

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Edison Bridge
Bridge in 2005
Coordinates 41°28′52″N 82°50′09″W / 41.4811625°N 82.835744°W / 41.4811625; -82.835744Coordinates: 41°28′52″N 82°50′09″W / 41.4811625°N 82.835744°W / 41.4811625; -82.835744
Carries SR 2 / SR 269
Crosses Sandusky Bay
Locale Bay View, Ohio; Danbury Township, Ottawa County, Ohio
Official name Thomas A. Edison Memorial Bridge
Maintained by Ohio Department of Transportation
ID number 6200788
Total length 2,049 feet (625 m)
Opened 1965
Replaces Bay Bridge

The Thomas A. Edison Memorial Bridge,[1] otherwise known as the Edison Bridge,[2] carries Ohio State Routes 2 and 269 over Sandusky Bay. The bridge, which is 2,049 feet (625 m) in length,[3] was completed in 1965.[4] It was named for inventor and nearby Milan native Thomas Edison.[5]


Original Bay Bridge, c.1930s

The Edison Bridge replaced the Bay Bridge, a lift bridge which was dedicated on February 2, 1929. The Bay Bridge was initially a private bridge maintained by the Sandusky Bay Bridge Company, which charged a 50-cent toll; the Ohio Department of Highways bought it for $1,795,000, at first lowering the toll to 25 cents then abolishing it on August 30, 1946.[6] The Ohio Department of Transportation closed the lift span on April 19,[original research?] 1985 after an inspection which predicted a collapse due to its own weight;[7] it formally abandoned the span in April 1986[7] and subsequently removed it in May 1989,[original research?] converting its approaches to fishing piers.[3][4]


  1. ^ Ohio Revised Code 5533.18
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Edison Bridge
  3. ^ a b "Transportation: Bridges in the Coastal Region" (PDF). Ohio Coastal Atlas. Ohio Department of Natural Resources. 2007. p. 229. Retrieved 2015-04-11.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ a b "Sandusky Bay Bridge Linked Two Counties". Sandusky Library Archives Research Center. 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  5. ^ "Edison Bridge Bill Wins OK in House". Sandusky Register. 1965-02-23. Retrieved 2015-04-11. 
  6. ^ "Object Id: 6249 (1928 postcard)". Images in Time. Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. Archived from the original on 2015-04-19. Retrieved 2012-08-18.  External link in |work= (help)
  7. ^ a b "Ohio Digest: Bay Bridge abandoned". The Plain Dealer. 1986-04-05. Archived from the original on 2013-04-14. 

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