The Detroit-Superior High-Level Bridge opened to traffic on Thanksgiving Day 1917 and was the city's first high-level bridge over the Cuyahoga River. Connecting Detroit and Superior avenues, it was engineered to relieve the traffic congestion that had clogged the old Superior Viaduct, just north of the new span. Built at a cost of $5.284 million, the bridge took 5 years to complete. The bridge was designed by Cuyahoga County engineers Frank R. Lander, Alfred M. Felgate, William A. Stinchcomb, and Albert W. Zesiger. The principal contractor for the construction was the King Iron Bridge Manufacturing Company. The bridge was renamed Veterans Memorial in Veterans Day ceremonies on 11 Nov. 1989. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
This digital collection includes contemporary and more recent images of the bridge, as well as material related to the planning and construction of the span, The images featured in the collection were assembled to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Detroit Superior High Level Bridge.
East bound traffic analysis of vehicles crossing the Superior Viaduct and Central Viaduct on October 15 and 16, 1909. The data was collected by the High-Level Bridge Commission during its study of possible alternative bridge routes for a new high-level bridge to replace the Superior Viaduct., This image is featured in the 100th Anniversary of the Detroit Superior High Level Bridge digital exhibit.
Map of Franklin-Superior High Level Bridge Route together with proposed change in alignment of Easterly end of Superior Ave. Viaduct in comparison with Lorain-Huron High Level Bridge Route, created by J.B. Davis & Son, Civil Engineers, Cleveland, Ohio, Feb. 8, 1906, This image is featured in the 100th Anniversary of the Detroit Superior High Level Bridge digital exhibit.
Letter from Charles Howe to the Hon. Herman Baehr, Mayor of Cleveland, regarding proposals for high-level bridges to replace the Superior Viaduct., This image is featured in the 100th Anniversary of the Detroit Superior High Level Bridge digital exhibit.