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28th Street Railroad Overpass

28th Street Railroad Overpass

Primary Photographer(s): Randy Mulder

Bridge Documented: November 6, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
28th Street (M-11) Over Railroad (Norfolk Southern)
Wyoming: Kent County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1937 By Builder/Contractor: L. W. Lamb Company of Jackson, Michigan

Technical Facts

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Main Span Length
60 Feet (18.3 Meters)
Structure Length
170 Feet (51.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
63 Feet (19.2 Meters)
3 Main Span(s)
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This bridge is a steel stringer bridge that is supported by concrete abutments and steel bents. Some of the Michigan State Highway Department railroad overpass bridges used the steel bents for supports as opposed to concrete piers. This bridge originally would have had ornamental Type R4 railings on it, but these have today been replaced by modern guardrail that MDOT calls "aesthetic parapet" a name that is somewhat inappropriate since they are downright plain and ugly compared to the R4 railings. The "aesthetic" part of the guardrail is three parallel inset lines in the side of the concrete, otherwise they are solid concrete parapets, nothing more.

Randy Mulder provided the following history for this bridge:

This bridge has a history, and the plaques to prove it. 28th St. (only road officials call it M-11) was alternately known as the South Beltline long before the M-6 freeway was built. Despite southward suburban sprawl and economic woes, it is still a busy road, and lately has hosted the 28th Street Metro Cruise. I grew up a couple miles west of here, and heard how some even remembered when it was just a 2-lane country road, but apparently already by 1937 a 4-lane bridge was thought necessary to cross the railroad here. In 1956 when they were building the US-131 freeway just to the west, an extra turn lane to the northbound on-ramp was added to the bridge. They also added R4 railings, but a 1999 project has since replaced them. The 1937 and 1956 plaques are now located on the outside of the newer railings.


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