This large example of a style of bridge used in Michigan in the 1920s and 1930s for small-span crossings is noted for its lack of alteration and spalling, but it has been closed to traffic. This style of bridge is noted for its distinctive solid parapet railing.
About This Bridge Style
This is an increasingly uncommon example of a small-scale bridge using a railing design unique to Michigan, and matching the architecture of other larger period bridges. Architecturally, it fits in with concrete camelback and girder bridges that were being built at this time in Michigan. Although not a girder itself, the general architectural expression has been maintained with a solid parapet railing with inset rectangles and rounded ends giving a hint of the shape that larger concrete girder bridges would have had. Small scale bridges with this railing type were built as concrete slabs and t-beams, as well as steel stringers. Some counties also adapted and modified the architectural details. Some small examples were documented in St. Clair County and Bay County adapted the general railing design slightly, using the design for longer spans than most counties, and they also added plaques, something that the standard design never had.
This used to be a very common bridge type in Michigan. Increasingly they are either being replaced, or many suffer from severe concrete spalling that has destroyed the architectural features. This example stands out for its complete lack of alteration and lack of spalling on the railing.
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