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Veteran’s Memorial Bridge & Subway Tour


At the time of its completion in 1918, the Veterans Memorial Bridge (originally known as the Detroit-Superior Bridge) was hailed as the world’s largest double-deck concrete reinforced bridge. The 3,112-foot-long structure links Detroit and Superior Avenues over the flats of the Cuyahoga River Valley in downtown Cleveland. By 1930, the upper deck, opened to automobile traffic on Thanksgiving Day 1917, carried an average daily traffic volume of 70,000 vehicles. The lower deck, opened on Christmas Eve 1917, held for streetcar tracks. The Subway served as a major hub for commuter transportation until the discontinuation of streetcar service on January 24, 1954. Public tours of the historic lower level were first conducted in 1988. On Veteran’s Day 1989, it was renamed the Veterans Memorial Bridge. The Veterans Memorial Bridge turned 100 years old in 2018.

Cuyahoga County, led by the Public Works Department, host Veterans Memorial Bridge and Subway Station tours for the general public. Tour attendees can walk the span of the bridge, enjoy featured exhibits and entertainment and get spectacular views of the Cuyahoga River and Downtown Cleveland. Annual tours of the Veterans Memorial Bridge are on hold until further notice as construction is completed under the bridge by the Ohio Department of Transportation. The last tour was held June 22, 2019 with an attendance of over 12,000.