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A-45 Rabbit River Bridge

A-45 Rabbit River Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 28, 1905

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
A-45 (11th Street) Over Rabbit River
Rural: Allegan County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Concrete T-Beam, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1940 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
31.8 Feet (9.69 Meters)
Structure Length
31.8 Feet (9.69 Meters)
Roadway Width
35 Feet (10.67 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge is a small concrete bridge with attractive railings. Located on a curve in the roadway, which is banked, this bridge is lower at one end than the other. The low end gets all the runoff from the road, often with salt in it, and so is in much worse condition. In contrast, the railing on the high end is in pristine condition. The design of the railings are both attractive and unusual, utilizing a design not yet seen elsewhere.

Often with these smaller bridges, the idea of restoration is overlooked. As small bridges their historic significance is called into question. However, the small size of this bridge would make its restoration easy and inexpensive. Allegan County instead essentially ruined the bridge sometime between 2005 and 2006 and covered the attractive railings up with modern railings, which effectively destroyed the aesthetic value of the bridge. No repairs were done to the bridge either.


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