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3 Mile Road Railroad Overpass

3 Mile Road Railroad Overpass

Primary Photographer(s): Randy Mulder

Bridge Documented: March 27. 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Coopersville and Marne Railway) Over 3 Mile Road
Location
Walker: Kent County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1961 By Builder/Contractor: Owen-Ames-Kimball Company and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
59.7 Feet (18.2 Meters)
Structure Length
59.7 Feet (18.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
414702800018X01

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Constructed in 1961, and with large bronze plaques, type R4 railings, and a heavy built-up plate girder span, this bridge is an example of a standard plan grade separation designed by Michigan State Highway Department, albeit an extremely late example of one with R4 railings. The design of the superstructure is not much different from the earlier examples from the 1930s, however the abutment design which is somewhat lacking in detail is a contrast to the art deco designs seen on earlier examples. Originally part of the Grand Trunk Western Railroad (Canadian National) it is today owned by the Coopersville and Marne Railway, and although their tour trains don't travel on this section, apparently they do lease it for occasional freight trains.

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