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Highland Avenue Bridge

Highland Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 1, 2010

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Highland Avenue Over I-94
Location
Rural: Berrien County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1960 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
89.0 Feet (27.1 Meters)
Structure Length
290.0 Feet (88.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
22 Feet (6.71 Meters)
Spans
4 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
11111016000S070

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This bridge no longer exists!

Bridge Status: Demolished in 2021 as part of the new interchange of US-31 to I-94.

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This bridge is a good representative example of a curved t-beam freeway overpass in Michigan. Curved t-beam overpasses exist in a few different states across the county, but most out of state examples lack the aesthetic qualities seen in Michigan's unaltered examples, where the arched beams combine with Michigan's signature Type R4 railings and the attractively shaped piers to form a visually pleasing overpass, a genuine rarity on an Interstate Highway. I-94 contains the largest number of remaining examples in Michigan, particularly unaltered examples which retain original railings. Among those with original railings, some have had Armco guardrails added to the inside, while others have no added guardrail. Those with no added guardrails on them are very rare today, and those examples stand out as the most important to recognize and document on HistoricBridges.org. The Highland Avenue Bridge is one such example with no added guardrails. It also has a deck that is original and has not been overlaid with any modern material. The bridge has a 25 degree skew, and according to the National Bridge Inventory has never been rehabilitated over its service life, yet despite this the bridge remains in very good condition. This bridge has very unusual post-tensioning rods that run under the deck between the t-beams. It is not clear why these are present on this bridge.

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