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48th Avenue Bridge

48th Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: Fall/Winter 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
48th Avenue Over Paw Paw River
Location
Rural: Van Buren County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1930 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
45 Feet (13.72 Meters)
Structure Length
91 Feet (27.74 Meters)
Roadway Width
22 Feet (6.71 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
80303H00004B010

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

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This bridge was demolished and replaced in 2010!

Van Buren County demolished the only bridge in the county on this website at the time, the Red Arrow Highway Bridge, and during the trip to the area when this fact was discovered, a trip down the detour revealed this more significant historic structure. Unfortunately, this structure is also in poor condition, and its plaques have been removed. The ornamental railings that adorned the bridges of this type in Michigan have spalled severely. A posted 54 ton weight limit was posted along with a notice for trucks to go 35 mph. This is something that the trucks do not do! This bridge is on a paved road, but is located in an attractive wooded setting.

Van Buren County Road Commission has chosen to demolish this bridge and replace it with an ugly new bridge that looks like any bridge built in the past 20+ years. The proposed replacement bridge as shown in the bid package is shown below.

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