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Atlas Road Bridge

Atlas Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 12, 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Atlas Road Over Kearsley Creek
Rural: Genesee County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1929 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
37.7 Feet (11.49 Meters)
Structure Length
41 Feet (12.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
30 Feet (9.14 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge is noteworthy as an individual example among a group of small bridges in Genesee County that retain good historic integrity and document a variation on a common late 1920s and early 1930s bridge design in Michigan.

This bridge displays a minor variation of the steel stringer design with concrete balustrade railings that was very prolifically used for a surprisingly short period in Michigan, between 1928 and 1932. Unlike most of Michigan's balustrade steel stringer bridges, several Genesee County examples include railings that do not feature vertical lines on each balustrade spindle, and the shape of the spindle is a little different. Another slight variation in the traditional balustrade stringer design is the concrete facade/encasement of the outer edge of the outer steel stringers. Rather than have a curved surface and/or ribs, the concrete has a straight, angled design.

With no modern railings added to the bridge, and very little deterioration of any kind, the Atlas Road Bridge is among the more intact examples of this bridge type in the county.


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