This bridge is similar to the nearby 6th Street Bridge. On the page for the 6th Street Bridge however a more thorough narrative is available that not only discusses the 6th Street Bridge but also discusses these two bridges as a whole. Be sure to visit that page as well.
Unlike the 6th Street Bridge, this structure had already had the new approach railings added, but fortunately the main bridge didn't have these railings on them. O Avenue parallels this bridge east of 4th Street which allows for easy access to some nice side views from this bridge. Within a week of when the photos on this website were taken, modern Armco railings were bolted to this bridge.
The side views of this bridge from a distance still look halfway decent with the added railings, although as you get closer, or when you cross the bridge on 4th Street, the visual damage done to the bridge becomes clear. Still, other curved t-beam bridges in Michigan had their original railings completely removed; at least with these bridges, the original railings are left on the bridge.
This bridge had three different contractors listed for the bridge.
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