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This unusual design of railroad overpass is unlike other railroad overpasses found in Flint and along the CN line in the area. MDOT provides a detailed history of the bridges. It used to have a highway overpass to go with it, but this bridge, which served 14th Street, was demolished by the time HistoricBridges.org visited the bridge although the abutments and pedestrian stairway that was associated with it still remains. 14th Street and its Saginaw Street overpass was rendered useless when the nearby expressway was completed, which cut the road off. The rail bridge remains however, and continues to serve rail traffic. This railroad bridge is significant as a World War II project that was built as Michigan worked to improve efficiency of production during war time. These unusual wartime circumstances, which caused a steel shortage within the country for domestic projects, may explain the use of concrete rather than steel for the superstructure, which for a railroad overpass is less common. The MDOT history below appears to be in error in one area that should be noted. It claims that the railroad bridge was abandoned and that 14th Street was switched over to use the railroad bridge. There is no evidence that this was the case. The railroad bridge has two active tracks on it, and the bridge that has been demolished lines up with 14th Street on the map.
Information and Findings From Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory
Street Underpasses are a pair of identical structures - one now open,
one closed - that carry Fourteenth Street and an abandoned line of the
Grand Trunk Western Railroad over Saginaw Street (M-54 BR) in central
Flint. Each overpass has four concrete spans, the longest of which
extends 38 feet.
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