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Milham Park North Bridge

Milham Park North Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: April 8, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Milham Park Drive Over Portage Creek
Location
Kalamazoo: Kalamazoo County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1935 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
20 Feet (6.1 Meters)
Structure Length
40 Feet (12.19 Meters)
Roadway Width
18 Feet (5.49 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
395353800005B02

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This bridge is one of two structurally simple but visually attractive bridges in Milham Park that date to 1935. The northern bridge is two spans and is the largest bridge. The southern bridge is shorter and is only a single span. Structurally, they consist of a reinforced concrete slab superstructure. The concrete slab superstructure has an inset rectangle on the edge for a modest architectural treatment. The substructure has a stone facing. The bridge also has an elaborate railing which is also stone. Overall, the bridges have the general appearance of beautiful stone bridges, rather than simple concrete slab bridges. As such, the bridges contribute to the beauty and heritage of Milham Park.

The bridges may have been constructed with the assistance of federal Depression era relief programs. The construction of park bridges, often utilizing simple structure types, such as concrete slab, concrete arch, or steel stringer, were constructed and often embellished with stone facing to enhance their aesthetic qualities.

Milham Park itself dates to 1910. More about the history of the park is available here.

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