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Nichols Road Bridge

   


Nichols Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: December 26, 2009
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Nichols Road Over Misteguay Creek
Location
Rural: Genesee County, Michigan
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1930 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
44 Feet (13.4 Meters)
Structure Length
45 Feet (13.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
30 Feet (9.1 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
25304H00019B010

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This bridge displays a minor variation of the steel stringer design with concrete balustrade railings that was very prolifically used for a surprisingly short period in Michigan, between 1928 and 1932. Unlike most of Michigan's balustrade steel stringer bridges, several Genesee County examples include railings that do not feature vertical lines on each balustrade spindle, and the shape of the spindle is a little different. Another slight variation in the traditional balustrade stringer design is the concrete facade/encasement of the outer edge of the outer steel stringers. Rather than have a curved surface and/or ribs, the concrete has a straight, angled design.

The Nichols Road Bridge is an excellent representative example of this unusual bridge variation in Genesee County, and is further a good example among this group that does not have solid, paneled abutment railings instead of the balustrades. It is also a heavily skewed example of this design.

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