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US-131 Plaster Creek Bridge

US-131 Plaster Creek Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Randy Mulder

Bridge Documented: December 18, 2012

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
US-131 Over Plaster Creek and Railroad (Abandoned)
Location
Grand Rapids: Kent County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1958 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
72.0 Feet (21.9 Meters)
Structure Length
748.0 Feet (228 Meters)
Roadway Width
91 Feet (27.74 Meters)
Spans
12 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
41141131000R020

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This bridge is configured as two parallel bridges, one for each direction of traffic. The bridge has lost its original railings. The bridge is noted mainly for its size; it is both wide and long. Its other noteworthy feature is that it uses a pin and hanger system in the stringers. Michigan built many such bridges in the mid-20th Century, however this is one of the larger surviving examples. The bridge is also curved with superelevation. The bridge has a variety of concrete piers/bents that are not identical, each designed to meet the needs of its location under the bridge. The curved design and variety of substructure elements make this a bridge that took more effort to design than the average bridge from this period in history. The bridge crosses Plaster Creek but also an abandoned railroad line.

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