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Horse Island Drive Bridge

Horse Island Drive Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 11, 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Horse Island Drive Over Horse Island Bayou
Location
Gibraltar: Wayne County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1925 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
40 Feet (12.19 Meters)
Structure Length
46 Feet (14.02 Meters)
Roadway Width
19.7 Feet (6 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
825263600015B01

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This small arch bridge is actually one of the most beautiful structures with one of the most unique appearances in the state of Michigan. This bridge features a steep deck camber that follows the shape of the arch itself, making the bridge look more like an old European footbridge than a 1920s vehicular concrete arch bridge. The design of the bridge was selected because the land is low-lying and flat, with the bayou having no valley/depression in which to contain an arch structure that could provide a deck at the level of the surrounding roadway. There is no other known bridge in the state that follows this design. The bridge also retains near-perfect historic integrity. Its unique and attractive design, low traffic volumes on  a residential dead-end road,  The preservation and restoration of this bridge should be given priority. The bridge was listed in the Historic Bridge Inventory as eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

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