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If you have ever explored an antique store you may have found in addition to fancy Victorian furniture some very plain, perhaps ugly looking, item with a high price tag and a label defining it as "primitive." Primitive antiques may not look very ornate since they are exactly what their name implies, yet they still have value because they speak to a period where there was no time, money, or desire for beauty. The Adams Road Bridge along with the nearby, smaller, Jefferson Road Bridge, are just like primitive antiques. This may be one of the least attractive bridges on this website, with its plain, box-like concrete design, with very small and simple inset rectangles serving as the only decoration. However, it is historically significant as a concrete girder bridge in Michigan that does not follow any of the more common Michigan State Highway Department designed concrete girder plans found in the state. This is also a fairly late example of this structure type. It is unclear why this design was used here. It was not a spontaneous one-time effort, since a whole five years earlier, the Jefferson Road Bridge had been built, and it is identical to this bridge in all ways except size.
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