The design appears to be a fixed trunnion bascule bridge, and its 330' span was the worlds longest when completed in 1940. It is now considered the second longest span in the world. When it was rehabilitated in 1988, it was renamed from the Erie Avenue Bridge to the Charles Berry Bridge "in honor of Lorain native Charles J. Berry, a Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during a minor grenade battle on Iwo Jima." [Revolvy]
|Linda S. Seabold via her comment in Bridge Hunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)|
|C Hanchey in July 2012, via Bridge Hunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)|
• The average lift for a sailboat is 4-5 minutes
• The average lift for a ship is 12-15 minutes
|Rona Proudfoot Flickr, License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)|
The Spar Garnet enters Lorain this afternoon a little before 4 p.m.
Ohio DOT upgraded the electrical controls in 1998. ODOT also repaints the bridge about every 10 years. "With the additions that have been made, and proper maintenance to the bridge there is no reason why the bridge would not last well into the 21st Century." [LorainCounty]
|Andrew Haenisch posted|
Saginaw entering the port of Lorain.
I did a quick check of I-290 in Chicago with street view (below). I see it now has a solid deck. It used to have a steel mesh deck. I remember driving my minivan over it, and I could feel the mesh wiggle the van from side to side. It was a subtle wiggle, but it was enough that my wife also felt it. If a mesh deck can impact a van, imagine what it can do to a motorcycle.
As one would expect, the predecessor bridge was a swing bridge.
|One of 23 photos posted by Jim Huber|
Circa 1900. Lorain Erie Swing bridge in background.