Rebuilt bridge in Cleveland needs longer cables

CLEVELAND - It will be a while longer than had been planned for the West Third Street Bridge to open over the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland.

The bridge uses 64 cables that raise and lower the deck. Counterweights attached to the cables lift the 217-foot span to make way for river traffic. But because the cables are short, the bridge deck can't be lowered far enough for vehicles to cross. The problem is being described as a design error.

Specifically, the cables are three feet short. And the Ohio Department of Transportation says that fixing that problem could delay reopening the bridge to vehicle traffic by about three months. The 64-year-old bridge was dismantled beginning in 2004 and rebuilt along the riverbank near the mouth of the Cuyahoga.

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