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Veterans Memorial Bridge & Subway Station Tour July 6th

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Jeane’ Holley: (216) 698‐2544 or jholley@cuyahogacounty.us
Koula Celebrezze: (216) 348‐3867 or kcelebrezze@cuyahogacounty.us

CLEVELAND ‐ The Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works announces the annual Veterans Memorial Bridge and Subway Station tour, to be held on Saturday, July 6th, 2013. This free, self-guided tour will allow visitors to experience the original streetcar station and tracks, unique views of the Cuyahoga River, Lake Erie and downtown Cleveland, and various exhibits and films. Gates open at 9:00 a.m. and the event ends at 3:00 p.m. No Reservations are required.

The main entrance for the Veterans Memorial Bridge and Subway Station tour is at the Department of Public Works Garage, 2433 Superior Viaduct, at the northeast corner of the West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue intersections. Free parking is available in the lot located at this address. Volunteers will be assisting with the maintenance of traffic and parking on the day of the tour. Cameras are encouraged for this event.

According to Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, “Tourists will get a feeling for the era as well as what life was like when streetcars were the only major form of public transportation. Those who had once ridden the streetcars will reminisce of their past and simpler times and younger generations are able to witness a well preserved piece of Cleveland history.” Last year, over 2,000 people ventured out to take part in this unique and interesting experience. The County is honored to open the gates and share this unique piece of history with visitors throughout the country.

In 1918, the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge was celebrated as the world’s largest double‐deck, reinforced concrete structure, and was also listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The Veteran’s Memorial Bridge is 96 ft. tall and 3,112 ft. long, connecting Detroit and Superior Avenues over the Cuyahoga River Valley in downtown Cleveland. The Subway served as a major hub for commuter transportation until the discontinuation of streetcar service on January 24, 1954.

For questions prior to the tour, please visit our website at www.publicworks.cuyahogacounty.us or contact the Department of Public Works, (216) 348‐3824, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On the day of the tour, please contact 216‐348‐3900/3901.