This bridge is an attractive structure that is very wide because it is located at a point where the road splits into two immediately north of the bridge. It is actually about twice as wide as it is long. The bridge displays significant aesthetic design, and its curved railing is designed to compliment the bridge arch, so views beside this bridge look like the entire bridge follows the same curve, although the deck in reality does not have a significant camber.
Below is a historical photo of a Belle Isle bridge that appears to be this bridge.
Information and Findings From Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory
The 1913 Central Avenue Bridge, a concrete
filled-spandrel arch, is located towards the northeastern end of the
island, where Central Avenue winds through a heavily wooded area. The
1913 Central Avenue Bridge has a graceful arched solid parapet railing
with recessed panels. A projecting coping tops the railing A bas-relief
keystone over arch is incised with the date "1913." Original metal lamp
standards with fluted shafts stand on the southern railing; the original
globe is gone on the western fixture.
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