This bridge is one of a small, declining group of curved t-beams that retain original railings with no modern guardrails added in front of the original bridge railings. MDOT has been bolting Armco railings to these bridges. This is done on the idea that these modern railings will make the bridge safer. This may be the case, and may be a smart move on bridges that carry a lot of traffic. However, this bridge, along with the nearby 23 Mile Road Bridge both are short nonessential roads. It is unclear why these roads were even given an expressway crossing anyhow, with other crossings of a more primary nature a mere mile away from each bridge. Given the lack of traffic on these two bridges, these structures might be good candidates for restoration with unmodified railings. It would be nice to see at least a couple of this unique structure type preserved in their original form.
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