This is perhaps one of the oldest known bridges on I-94 in Michigan since it is a repurposed former US-12 bridge. The location is interesting because immediately east of this bridge is the exit for old US-12. Multiple alignments are discernable on maps, with this bridge being one old US-12 alignment, and another being the road that extends southwest of the aforementioned exit. Since US-12 was a two lane highway, the 1936 bridge was only suitable for a single direction of I-94 traffic, and to reuse this bridge, I-94 westbound had to follow the alignment of old US-12. For eastbound I-94, a new road was needed. This new road was not constructed right next to the westbound road, and instead bows out to the south and crosses the railroad as a highway over railroad overpass. It is a unique pairing of bridges and a rare example of a pre-interstate bridge still present on an interstate. The bridge retains good historic integrity including type R4 railing panels and keystone details on the abutments.
The only plaque on this bridge is on the median side of the expressway. I-94 is an extremely busy expressway for its size and has a ton of trucks. It was not possible to get a safely access and get a good photo of the plaque and only a distance shot where the builder is barely visible is currently available.
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