The Flushing Bridge is the only Flint River crossing in the city, right next to the downtown, and is a centerpiece for the city. The bridge is a traditionally composed earth-filled closed spandrel concrete arch bridge. The Flushing Bridge is a good example of a compromise preservation solution. Rather than demolish and replace this attractive concrete arch bridge, they chose to preserve the concrete arch superstructure and substructure while widening and altering the deck including the cantilevered sidewalk. While not the most historically sensitive preservation solution by far, it is still a million times better than demolishing and replacing the bridge. The rehabilitation of this bridge was a compromise solution that increased the capacity of the bridge and brought it back to AASHTO code standards, while also retaining the main part of the historic bridge, which is the concrete arch superstructure. The rehabilitation of the bridge included the removal of the entire deck, all railing, and the entire sidewalk cantilever. The sidewalk cantilevers were replaced with a pre-stressed concrete slab. Historic style AASHTO-approved crash-resistant concrete guardrails were put on the new sidewalk, with low-profile two-tube steel guardrail between the sidewalk and the vehicular deck. Although obviously original railings would be preferred, these historic style sidewalk guardrails are much more attractive than the traditional New Jersey barrier or some other form of modern guardrail.
Today, the bridge is easy for people to enjoy thanks to an viewing area as well as a river walk at the northeast quadrant around the bridge.
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