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Britain Avenue Bridge

   


Britain Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 2010
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Britain Avenue Over I-94
Location
Rural: Berrien County, Michigan
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1960 By Builder/Contractor: L. W. Edison and Company and Carl Goodwin and Sons of Allegan, Michigan 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
250 Feet (76.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
23 Feet (7 Meters)
Spans
4 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
11111016000S060

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This Bridge No Longer Exists!

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This bridge is slated for demolition and replacement as soon as 2011!

This bridge is a good representative example of a curved t-beam freeway overpass in Michigan. Curved t-beam overpasses exist in a few different states across the county, but most out of state examples lack the aesthetic qualities seen in Michigan's unaltered examples, where the arched beams combine with Michigan's signature Type R4 railings and the attractively shaped piers to form a visually pleasing overpass, a genuine rarity on an Interstate Highway. I-94 contains the largest number of remaining examples in Michigan, particularly unaltered examples which retain original railings. Among those with original railings, some have had Armco guardrails added to the inside, while others have no added guardrail. Those with no added guardrails on them are very rare today, and those examples stand out as the most important to recognize and document on HistoricBridges.org. The Britain Avenue Bridge is one such example with no added guardrails. The bridge has a 25 degree skew, and according to the National Bridge Inventory was never rehabilitated over its service life. Unfortunately, this bridge is slated for demolition and replacement.

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