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US-31 Railroad Overpass

   


US-31 Railroad Overpass

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 12, 2009
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Abandoned Chesapeake and Ohio) Over US-31
Location
Rural: Charlevoix County, Michigan
Structure Type
Metal Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1948 By Builder/Contractor: L. W. Lamb Company of Jackson, Michigan and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
98.8 Feet (30.1 Meters)
Structure Length
259 Feet (78.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
15115012000X010

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This abandoned railroad overpass crosses US-31 near the top of a long sloping hill, and beautiful Lake Michigan is visible fair below from this bridge, making for a dramatic and scenic setting. Painted an attractive blue color instead of the usual railroad black, this bridge is not an eyesore and is quite striking in appearance, especially with its heavy skew. The bridge retains excellent historic integrity, with the removal of railroad tracks and ties being the only alteration of note. Michigan State Highway Department standard plaques remain on the bridge.

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