An important milestone has been reached in the construction of the new Cleveland Metroparks Wendy Park Bridge. All three spans of the bridge and both sections of the arch have been successfully lifted and set into place — despite windy and icy conditions during the past winter and late spring. Construction of the bridge is on schedule and will be completed in 2021.
KS Associates is the lead design engineer for the Wendy Park Bridge. The 14-foot-wide bridge consists of a 250-foot-long Tied Arch main span flanked by two 125-foot-long Pratt Truss spans. KS bridge engineers utilized prefabricated trusses and tied arches, then designed modifications to accommodate Norfolk Southern Railroad requirements and the high winds and ice loading conditions to which the bridge will be subjected during Cleveland’s harsh winter months. The steel bridge was designed to complement its surrounding environment and industrial setting.
The Wendy Park Bridge is the missing link in a decades-long initiative to provide direct access to Lake Erie via the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail. The bridge ties into the north end of the Willow Avenue Lift Bridge over the Cuyahoga River Canal. From the lift bridge, lake bound travelers enter a switchback approach ramp constructed of reinforced earth and block walls that connect to the southernmost end of the 500-foot-long structure. The bridge carries travelers over railroad tracks and local industrial roads, then terminates at Wendy Park on Whiskey Island.
When complete, the bridge will provide a long-awaited route for cyclists and pedestrians to reach the Lake Erie shoreline from the Towpath Trail, the region’s 101-mile hike-and-bike trail system.
For more information visit the Cleveland Metroparks’ web site.