This bridge and the adjacent railroad bridge were built in
1948 as part of the creation of Broadmoor Avenue, a direct route for M-37 from
28th St & East Beltline Ave to Caledonia (about 8 miles SSE). They are the
result of local topography, as all the other roads (and a few rail spurs since
removed) crossed it at grade. Broadmoor Avenue has since been widened to 5 or
more lanes to the north, and the highway has a divided section to the south.
However, the bridge piers only have space for 4 lanes between (and not much
else). Because there is a wide 29th St. to handle local overflow from 28th St.
(M-11), 32nd St. is less busy, but even its 3 lanes are squeezed to 2 over the
bridge (with no sidewalks). The bridge has an unusual design of concrete railing
that is dissimilar to any standard designs found throughout Michigan.
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