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Adams Road Bridge

Adams Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: Fall/Winter 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Adams Road Over Bush Creek
Rural: Gratiot County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1930 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
40 Feet (12.19 Meters)
Structure Length
46 Feet (14.02 Meters)
Roadway Width
16 Feet (4.88 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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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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