Columbus Road Lift Bridge
Built in 1940, the Columbus Road Lift Bridge, which runs over the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, was rated in poor or serious condition, requiring extensive renovation. County officials had spent more than a year studying whether to repair or replace it.
Thus, in 2011, work began on replacing the bridge outright. The plan included removing the existing span, placing it on a barge that will be moved, and moving the new span into place via another barge along the river. Additionally, two lift towers will be updated along with attached roadways.
The city of Cleveland contributed $3.7 million to the project, which was matched by Cuyahoga County. These investments leveraged more than $29 million in federal dollars for the project, making it a strong example of inter-governmental cooperation.
The bridge was Cleveland’s first permanent bridge, and great effort is being taken to preserve the bridge’s historical character during the redesign.
Oregon’s State Bridge Delivery Program
In 2003 the Oregon Legislature placed an increased priority on the state’s bridge program with the Oregon Transportation Investment Act. At the time, the state estimated that deteriorating bridges could cost Oregon’s economy $123 billion in lost production and 88,000 lost jobs over the next 25 years.
The legislation included the State Bridge Delivery Program, a ten-year, $1.3 billion program that set out to repair and replace hundreds of bridges across the state, thereby ensuring the unrestricted movement of freight and spurring economic growth.
The program employed the context sensitive and sustainable solutions philosophy throughout the process, incorporating activities that foster workforce growth and development; reflect the community’s interests; maintain mobility and safety; ensure sound stewardship of the natural environment; and promote cost-effective decision making. The program is on track to be completed in 2013.