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Kinneville Bridge

Kinneville Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: April 12, 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Kinneville Road Over Grand River
Rural: Ingham County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1952 By Builder/Contractor: Brown Brothers of Lansing, Michigan

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
53.8 Feet (16.4 Meters)
Structure Length
135.8 Feet (41.39 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.32 Meters)
3 Main Span(s)
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Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is an early example of a bridge design that was built in Michigan primarily in the 1950s and 1960s. Several of Michigan's freeways, notably I-94, I-75, and I-96 are still dotted with overpasses that follow this attractive design which combines Michigan's attractive "R-4" style railing used from the 1930s-1960s, with a graceful curved beam superstructure, forming a structure that is very pleasing to the eye. with a 1952 construction date, this bridge is among the oldest that follow that design, and moreover is also noteworthy as one of the few surviving examples crossing a waterway rather than a roadway/freeway. An example of a predecessor to the Kinneville Road Bridge might be the nearby State Street Bridge, which is essentially the same design, but has an older railing style on it. It is unclear why two bridges of similar, but uncommon design are located so near to each other (yet in different counties and jurisdictions). Perhaps it was river crossing bridges like these that served as inspiration for the later freeway structures like Sigler Road.

The Kinneville Road Bridge is also noteworthy for its extremely high degree of historic integrity. Absolutely no alterations were observed. The plaques are in place on the bridge. The railings are original with no modern railings added, and not even approach Armco guardrails are present. Even the deck is original concrete with no added asphalt wearing surface. No alterations to the beams, piers, or abutments were observed. The bridge also remains in good condition. Because of the historic and structural integrity of the bridge, this structure is a good candidate for preservation.

Information and Findings From Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory

Narrative Description

The Kinneville Road Bridge, which is skewed, is positioned on an east-west axis in a rural section of the county. Scattered homes are located near the site along the river, which is used fro recreational purposes. Standard State Highway Department railings, consisting of metal panels between metal posts with raised detailing, edge the roadway, terminating at concrete end posts with recesses on three sides. Bridge plates are displayed at the northeast and southwest corners. The wing walls are detailed with two incised lines near the top, identical to the bridge's pier detailing.

This structure was built in 1952 as a federal aid secondary project. The previous bridge was a narrow, nine-panel Pratt truss. The current bridge has remained essentially unaltered since it was constructed. Plans were drawn by the Ingham County Road Commission, following state highway department specifications. Besides the plans, no other archival records were found.


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