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Knight Street Bridge

Knight Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: 2006-2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Knight Street Over Grand River
Eaton Rapids: Eaton County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1955 By Builder/Contractor: Raff and Dexter of Lansing, Michigan and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
68 Feet (20.7 Meters)
Structure Length
165 Feet (50.3 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.32 Meters)
3 Main Span(s)
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This is a three span steel stringer bridge located in Eaton Rapids. Eaton Rapids is one of those towns that has taken care of most of its bridges and today has a number of historic bridges in town and these bridge are also in good condition. This bridge is perhaps not the most significant of the old bridges in Eaton Rapids, but is still a nice looking bridge. It as the standard railings that were seen on bridges built from the late 1930s through the early 1960s, however these having the uncommon variation of having steel railing posts rather than concrete posts which are more common. The railings have been recently painted, but not before a number of decorative steel strips on the railing posts had a chance to rust and fall off. Plaques remain on the bridge, crediting the structure as a Federal Aid Secondary Project. Just about every level of government is listed: the Federal Government, State Highway Department, County Road Commission, and City of Eaton Rapids. The bridge was built in 1955 with Raff and Dexter listed as the contractors.

The previous bridge at this location was a two-span Warren pony truss with riveted connections. A short distance west of this bridge, there also was once a pin-connected through truss. Documented by Historic American Engineering Record, this beautiful historic bridge was replaced in more recent years.


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