This intersection between two major divided highways and its associated bridges was a major engineering achievement at the time and as such were officially found to be historic by MDOT and rehabilitated. The intersection even has a kiosk with one of Michigan's iconic green historic site interpretive plaques... one of a very small number of historic bridges in Michigan to be given one of these plaques.
During rehabilitation, Michigan's signature R4 railings were retained on both the bridges and the approaches. This interchange is thus one of the largest (if not the largest) intact installations of R4 railing in the state. When Michigan's highways and expressways were being built in the 1940s and 1950s, R4 railing would have been all over the place in the Detroit area. Nearly all R4 railing has been removed from all expressways in Detroit, this divided highway installation of R4 remains notable as a hint of what the older expressways in Detroit once looked like, showing its use not only on the bridges themselves, but on approaches and retaining walls as well.
The dimensions shown for this bridge refer to the largest structure, the top level bridge. The length refers to the bridge proper from abutment face to abutment face. Estimated total length of this structure from end of each approach ramp is 1,445 feet. Approximate length of intersection from the end of ramps on 8 Mile is 2,064 feet. Approximate length of intersection from the end of ramps on Woodward is 2,350 feet.
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