This bridge has a plaque listing a 1956 construction date and the National Bridge Inventory lists 1957, suggesting the bridge may have been started in 1956 but not completed until the year after. Either way, this bridge appears to be one of the oldest surviving pre-stressed concrete box beam bridges in Michigan. In addition, the bridge is of relatively substantial length which adds to its significance as an early example of a bridge construction technology that is today the most common material used in bridge construction today.
The original plans for this bridge also included an alternate concrete t-beam bridge that was not built.
This particular bridge rests on piers (technically bents) that have an unusually lightweight appearance. The bridge retains Michigan's attractive type R4 railings. It is only these railings and some simple abutment details that give this bridge aesthetic value. The adjacent pre-stressed box beam superstructure itself is really no different in appearance from modern bridges of this type: a slab of concrete and indeed very ugly in appearance. In this sense, the bridge also represents the twilight hours of aesthetics in bridge construction, since when Michigan discontinued the use of R4 railings in bridge construction, aesthetics in bridge design was essentially no longer a part of standard bridge construction.
This bridge was formally found eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places by Michigan Department of Transportation during a 2007 update of the Historic Bridge Inventory.
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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