January 14, 2022

Vintage Photos Of The Old, Dangerous Central Viaduct Bridge

The Central Viaduct was completed in 1888 and stood where the I-90 Bridge is now. The first structure went from what is now Carnegie Avenue to what is now West 14th Street but was knocked down in 1941 due to safety issues. 17 people were killed in an 1895 accident where the switch failed to change the drawbridge. A second bridge was built after the first one was destroyed but that one was also demolished in 1986.

All photos via the Cleveland Memory Project.

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 Abbey Avenue Viaduct, 1888

Abbey Avenue Viaduct, 1888

 Central Viaduct

Central Viaduct

 Central Viaduct, Late 1800s

Central Viaduct, Late 1800s

 Central Viaduct and Flats, 1880s

Central Viaduct and Flats, 1880s

 Central Viaduct, 1900s

Central Viaduct, 1900s

 Central Viaduct, 1909

Central Viaduct, 1909

 Canal Road, North of Central Viaduct, 1916

Canal Road, North of Central Viaduct, 1916

 Cuyahoga River Valley Northeast of the Central Viaduct, 1916

Cuyahoga River Valley Northeast of the Central Viaduct, 1916

 Central Viaduct, Jennings Ave., 1920

Central Viaduct, Jennings Ave., 1920

 Nickel Plate Road Right-of-Way, 1922

Nickel Plate Road Right-of-Way, 1922