As trunk line bridges in Michigan go, 1914 is as old as they can be, since that is when the Michigan State Highway Department began building trunk line bridges for a new system of state-owned highways. This bridge, was indeed constructed in 1914, and was the third trunk line bridge to be built in the state!
This bridge is nearly identical, not only in its original design, but in the type of modification that was done to it, to the Vienna Street Bridge. This bridge is a year older than the Division Avenue Bridge. The steel beams that were added to widen the structure were added in 1935. Vienna Street in contrast, was widened in 1959. The Vienna Street Bridge has the benefit of being easier to photograph, thanks to less shrubbery and even a trail leading under the bridge. Perhaps because the modifications to the Division Avenue Bridge were done earlier, the concrete railing posts have slightly different detailing on them than the Vienna Street Bridge, and indeed nearly all bridges in Michigan that use this style railing.
Information and Findings From Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory
Division Avenue Bridge is a medium-span arch bridge in the city of Grand
Rapids. It spans Plaster Creek in the Comstock Park are at the north end
of the city. The bridge is a 50-foot, filled spandrel arch, with earth
fill and an asphalt-surfaced roadway that is flanked on both sides by
concrete sidewalks. The elliptically shaped arch springs from massive
concrete abutments. It features a tapered arch ring, which is cast
integrally with the plain-faced concrete spandrel walls.
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