View Information About HSR Ratings
This bridge is one of the first pre-stressed concrete bridges designed and built by the Michigan State Highway Department. For this reason, the bridge is considered formally eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
Lamar Pipe and Tile Company of Grand Rapids, acquired in 1954 by American-Marietta Company, played a major role in introducing pre-stressed concrete to Michigan, and they fabricated many of the early box beams in Michigan.
Despite being one of the most popular bridge materials used in construction today, pre-stressed concrete differs from steel in the sense that it is much difficult to repair when deteriorated. Once the pre-stressed tension tendons inside the beams are exposed to moisture and begin to deteriorate, there are few reliable methods of repair. This bridge sadly illustrates this problem and is thus slated for demolition and replacement.
Interestingly, at the local level, Barry County also constructed a pre-stressed concrete bridge in 1956 as well.
Above: 1956 Advertisement in Engineering News-Record for America-Marietta Company who owned Lamar Pipe and Tile Company of Grand Rapids.
Above: 1958 Advertisement in Engineering News-Record for another early pre-stressed concrete bridge in Michigan with beams fabricated by Lamar Pipe and Tile Company of Grand Rapids.
Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
Search For Additional Bridge Listings:
Bridgehunter.com: View listed bridges within 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) of this bridge.
Bridgehunter.com: View listed bridges within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of this bridge.
HistoricBridges.org Bridge Browser: View listed bridges within 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) of this bridge.
HistoricBridges.org Bridge Browser: View listed bridges within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of this bridge.
2021 National Bridge Inventory: View listed bridges within 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) of this bridge.
Google Streetview (If Available)
GeoHack (Additional Links and Coordinates)
Apple Maps (Via DuckDuckGo Search)
Apple Maps (Apple devices only)
Android: Open Location In Your Map or GPS App
Flickr Gallery (Find Nearby Photos)
Wikimedia Commons (Find Nearby Photos)
Directions Via Sygic For Android
Directions Via Sygic For iOS and Android Dolphin Browser
USGS National Map (United States Only)
Historical USGS Topo Maps (United States Only)
Historic Aerials (United States Only)
CalTopo Maps (United States Only)
© Copyright 2003-2023, HistoricBridges.org. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer: HistoricBridges.org is a volunteer group of private citizens. HistoricBridges.org is NOT a government agency, does not represent or work with any governmental agencies, nor is it in any way associated with any government agency or any non-profit organization. While we strive for accuracy in our factual content, HistoricBridges.org offers no guarantee of accuracy. Information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Information could include technical inaccuracies or errors of omission. Opinions and commentary are the opinions of the respective HistoricBridges.org member who made them and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone else, including any outside photographers whose images may appear on the page in which the commentary appears. HistoricBridges.org does not bear any responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of this or any other HistoricBridges.org information. Owners and users of bridges have the responsibility of correctly following all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, regardless of any HistoricBridges.org information.