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24 Mile Road Bridge

   


24 Mile Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 6, 2007
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
24 Mile Road Over I-94
Location
Rural: Calhoun County, Michigan
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1959 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
71 Feet (21.6 Meters)
Structure Length
227 Feet (69.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.3 Meters)
Spans
4 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
13113083000S080

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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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