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I-94 Kalamazoo River Bridge

   


I-94 Kalamazoo River Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 12, 2004
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
I-94 Over Kalamazoo River
Location
Rural: Calhoun County, Michigan
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1960 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
77.8 Feet (23.7 Meters)
Structure Length
275 Feet (83.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
34.8 Feet (10.6 Meters)
Spans
4 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
13113082000B013

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This bridge has only been included on the website because it is visible from Historic Bridge Park, and although too heavily modified to be considered historic, is built to the same design as a number of historic bridges crossing I-94. Anyone who visits should know a bit more about this structure type. Although the curved beams add some character to the bridge, the original railings are really needed to make this bridge type truly attractive and historic. It is unfortunate that this bridge serves heavy I-94 traffic and the original railings have been replaced with ugly new Jersey barriers. Nevertheless, this bridge's structure type is a historic type no longer used on today's roadways, that of the curved t-beam. This type was commonly built in the 1950s and as late as the very early 1960s.

The 18.5 Mile Road Bridge just east of nearby Marshall, showcases the original railings, as does the Sigler Road Bridge over on I-75 near Monroe. The bridge seen from Historic Bridge Park on I-94 would most likely have had these railings as well when built.

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