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24th Avenue Railroad Overpass

24th Avenue Railroad Overpass

Primary Photographer(s): Randy Mulder

Bridge Documented: October 10, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Coopersville and Marne Railway) Over 24th Avenue
Location
Rural: Ottawa County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1958 By Builder/Contractor: Gene Fewell and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
40 Feet (12.19 Meters)
Structure Length
51.8 Feet (15.79 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
70316H00037X010

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This bridge is an excellent and unaltered example of a grade separation designed to Michigan State Highway Department standards. The bridge includes highway department standard details including the decorative type R4 railing as well as the abutment design which includes a stepped design at the top. Presumably, this bridge was constructed when parallel I-96 was built to maintain the railroad elevation, since 24th Avenue likely was lowered during I-96 construction, since I-96 passes over 24th Avenue at this location.

Originally running from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven, this railroad no longer has rails west of Coopersville. The remainder is owned by the Coopersville and Marne Railway, which operates small tour trains. The railroad was a Grand Trunk Western Railroad line when this overpass was built.

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