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Court Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: Fall/Winter 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Court Street (M-21) Over Swartz Creek
Flint: Genesee County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1914 By Builder/Contractor: Illinois Bridge Company of Chicago, Illinois

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
60 Feet (18.2 Meters)
Structure Length
80 Feet (24.3 Meters)
Roadway Width
50 Feet (15.24 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge has a plaque on it listing a 1914 construction date.

This bridge's arch has much more vertical clearance than the other Flint arch bridges, and is quite an impressive structure to view. In the 1960s, the bridge had its railings replaced, and it was widened by adding standard pre-stressed concrete beams to the outside of the bridge. These modifications seriously diminished the structure's beauty and historic integrity. However, the bridge may become increasingly important as Flint demolishes its remaining arch bridges one by one. There is a large crack in one part of the abutment, but otherwise the bridge structure appears to be in pristine physical condition, quite a change from the other Flint bridges. Perhaps MDOT has done a better job maintaining the bridge than the other city-owned bridges.

This bridge is the remains of the West Court Street Viaduct. The West Court Street Viaduct consisted of this bridge over the creek (at that time, this section of the creek was apparently considered part of Thread Creek rather than Swartz Creek) and a beam bridge over the railroad a short distance east of the arch bridge. These two structures, although structurally separated by a section of built-up land, were visually united by a beautiful concrete balustrade railing system that continued on the raised section of roadway between the two bridge structures. The structure was featured in the 1920 City Plan as seen in the illustration to the right.


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