This is the previous span for the Fred Moore Highway. It is currently serving as a bike path crossing. The bridge stood unused for decades, and only recent was reused as a bike path. It is unclear what fortune might have allowed this bridge to be spared demolition when the 1950s beam bridge was built.
This bridge is an extremely rare example of a concrete deck girder in Michigan. As a one-lane structure with not apparently designed to any standard plan this likely dates to the early 20th Century. The concrete is reinforced.
Modern railings were added to this bridge when it was converted for bike path use. The railings that were selected represent some of the worst that could be used, short of a cyclone fence and wood combination that has been used on some other bridges. The beautiful, historic railings are not all but invisible to those who do not bother to get off the bridge and take a look from beside the river. In the restoration of any historic bridge it is important to choose a railing design that is not only safe, but also does not detract from the historic appearance of the structure. Numerous more effective railing alternatives are available than the one that was used here.
|A collection of overview and detail photos. This photo gallery contains a combination of Original Size photos and Mobile Optimized photos in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer|
Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
View Bridge Location In:
© Copyright 2003-2021, HistoricBridges.org. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer: HistoricBridges.org is a volunteer group of private citizens. HistoricBridges.org is NOT a government agency, does not represent or work with any governmental agencies, nor is it in any way associated with any government agency or any non-profit organization. While we strive for accuracy in our factual content, HistoricBridges.org offers no guarantee of accuracy. Information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Information could include technical inaccuracies or errors of omission. Opinions and commentary are the opinions of the respective HistoricBridges.org member who made them and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone else, including any outside photographers whose images may appear on the page in which the commentary appears. HistoricBridges.org does not bear any responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of this or any other HistoricBridges.org information. Owners and users of bridges have the responsibility of correctly following all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, regardless of any HistoricBridges.org information.