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Freeport Avenue Coldwater River Bridge

Freeport Avenue Coldwater River Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Randy Mulder

Bridge Documented: November 6, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Freeport Avenue Over Coldwater River
Location
Rural: Kent County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1948 By Builder/Contractor: E. J. Vander Veen

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
40 Feet (12 Meters)
Structure Length
42 Feet (13 Meters)
Roadway Width
28 Feet (8.53 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
41200135000B010

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This is the longest of three bridges on Freeport Avenue SE, all with these regionally unique concrete railings. It is also on a superelevated curve: the stringers are banked but straight, while the railings and deck are curved. The abutments are a simple, uncommon design consisting of steel piles driven into the ground, with corrugated steel retaining wall placed behind the piles. The stringers rest on some of the piles. Modern guardrails have been mounted in front of the original railings. The bridge retains a plaque, which is mounted on the curb in front of the railing, a very unusual place for a plaque to be located. It is obvious why most bridges would never have a plaque mounted in this way: the plaque was covered with dirt.

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