History 

The Hilliard Road Bridge (Bridge 08.57 - SFN 830147) was originally constructed in 1925 and carries four lanes of traffic over the Rocky River, Valley Parkway, and Cleveland Metroparks all-purpose trail between the Cities of Lakewood and Rocky River in Cuyahoga County, Ohio (See Figure 1). 

The project is within the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation. The bridge is a multiple span open-spandrel reinforced concrete arch structure that is included on ODOT’s Historic Bridge Inventory and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).  

A bridge inspection was conducted in December of 2013. Based on the results of this inspection, a Feasibility Study was prepared in 2015 that recommended rehabilitation of the historic bridge.

A follow-up inspection in 2018 revealed deterioration proceeding at an increasingly rapid pace, resulting in a reconsideration of alternatives and the previously recommended “rehabilitation” of the bridge. This new condition required the bridge to be further examined to confirm that it could handle heavy trucks and emergency vehicle loads. The updated analysis determined that the bridge in its current condition requires restrictions on specific heavy trucks and certain heavy emergency vehicles. The required action to load post the bridge has prioritized this improvement project. 

After reevaluating the alternatives, it was recommended that removing the existing bridge and replacing it with a new bridge in the same location is the safest and most cost-effective alternative that satisfies the purpose of the project. 

You can learn more about this evaluation and recommendation by watching the video in the next tab.  

Purpose & Need

The bridge is in poor physical condition, with concrete debris falling from the structure. The purpose and need of this project undertaking is to provide a structurally sound and safe bridge crossing to accommodate unrestricted vehicular and pedestrian traffic on the bridge, as well as park visitors under the bridge. 

Bridge Components 

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Schedule 

complete
complete
February 1, 2021 - March 1, 2021

Public Comment Period (Public Meeting #1)

Comments on Bridge Replacement

Comments on Bridge Type Study 

complete
complete
March 2021

Review public comments

planned
planned
Winter 2021/2022

Public Meeting #2

Comments on Aesthetic Elements

Development of Detailed Design Plans