Bay Village installs new bridge across Cahoon Creek
The Interurban Pedestrian Bridge was set in place across Cahoon Creek on May 4. The bridge follows the route of the former Lake Shore Electric Interurban Railway and is 125 feet long and 12 feet wide.
The bridge was recommended in the Cahoon Park Connectivity Study completed by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) in 2016. It is expected to cost about $700,000, $475,000 of which will be paid for by two grants from NOACA. The bridge was also awarded state capital funding in 2020.
Trails to connect the eastern end of bridge to the Bay Village Branch Library and Dwyer Memorial Senior Center are in the planning stages. The West Interurban Connector Trail will connect the western end of the bridge to the Cahoon Basin Trail and is planned for construction in 2023.
The Lake Shore Electric, one of America’s premier interurbans, ran 120 miles from Cleveland through Bay Village, Lorain, Vermilion, Huron, Sandusky, and Fremont to Toledo.
Plans for a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony are being finalized. Stay tuned for details.