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Central Avenue Bridge

Central Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 11, 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Central Avenue Over Canoe Stream
Location
Detroit: Wayne County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1913 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
23 Feet (7.01 Meters)
Structure Length
23 Feet (7.01 Meters)
Roadway Width
46 Feet (14.02 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
825180801058B01

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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

Narrative Description

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.

While there is little information of the construction of this bridge, it was presumably designed by the city engineer's office, as were other bridges on the island. The structure's hump-back arch fits well with the picturesque character of this part of Belle Island. It is a contributing element in the Belle Isle National Register district.

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