Is the Norfolk Southern bridge over the Cuyahoga River up or down? Check the live feed on the new Music Box Supper Club bridge cam.
RocktheLake mounted a security camera on the patio at Music Box in the West Bank of the Flats. And we pointed the camera at the railroad bridge that separates Lake Erie from the Cuyahoga River and the Flats. So now, you can see the bridge 24 hours a day. You can check if the bridge is lifting, or if there’s a train crossing.
You can watch kayakers, paddlers, rowers and freighters on the water, too. But that’s not the point.
The point is to keep tabs on the NS1 bridge, which for years has been the bane of boating season in Cleveland — a gate that keeps recreational boats from reaching the restaurants of the Flats and discourages law enforcement boats from patrolling the river.
“It’s a great idea. The more eyes on this thing, the better,” said Jim Dale, part-time captain of the Nautica Queen. “Kudos. I’d hug you if I was close by.”
Talk to any boater and they’ve got a story about how long the bridge was down. The bridge has held up the Nautica Queen and Goodtime III cruise ships, and freighters, too.
About 100 trains a day traverse the bridge. A bridge tender works at the site 24 hours a day, observing boat traffic, and contacting train dispatchers in Dearborn, Michigan, who look at trains across the country before deciding when the bridge can be lifted. Though the company has pledged to improve wait time this year.
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Meanwhile bookmark our live cam. Check it out. Check the bridge. And watch the traffic on the Cuyahoga River.