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Sand Creek Branch Railroad Bridge

   


Sand Creek Branch Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Randy Mulder

Bridge Documented: March 27, 2011
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Key Facts

Location
Walker: Kent County, Michigan
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge appears to be a two span concrete arch bridge that carries an abandoned railroad line. However because the railroad line was built in 1886 (before the concrete era), it is possible the bridge is actually a stone arch bridge that has been encased in concrete. A concrete arch would not have been the first bridge on this line. The bridge has some areas of spalling and no reinforcing is visible in the concrete. It may be that the reinforcing is deeper within the bridge. However it could also indicate a very early concrete bridge that is not reinforced, which would be really strange for a railroad, or it could support the theory that a stone arch is buried inside.

Railroads preferred metal and stone over concrete in most cases. This is particularly true in Michigan where concrete railroad bridges are almost unheard of and the railroads almost exclusively used metal structures. In Michigan it is a striking contrast to the state's highway bridges, where a preference for concrete is quite apparent.

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