Vaughn Wascovich
Stacks Image 11454
Detroit-Superior Bridge, 2012
digital inkjet print
The construction of the Detroit-Superior Bridge was completed in 1918. Renamed the Veterans Memorial Bridge in 1989, it was the first fixed high-level bridge to connect Cleveland’s East and West sides. The Detroit-Superior Bridge replaced an older structure named the Superior Viaduct that opened in 1878 and closed the day the newer bridge was completed. In 1918, Stanley L. McMichael wrote that the massive new bridge “stands as a splendid monument to the enterprise and aggressive action of the citizens of Cuyahoga County. Nowhere in America does there exist at the present day any bridge or viaduct that can rival in artistic design, usefulness, and permanency of construction this massive span which binds together the two most populous sections of the metropolis of the middle west.”