One of several historic bridges located on Belle Isle Park, this bridge is listed as a concrete slab in the Historic Bridge Inventory and a concrete rigid-frame in the National Bridge Inventory.
This bridge is a simple structure type that has been embellished with architectural and decorative treatment in the form of a unique railing design. The railing that includes concrete posts and colored tiles inset into the concrete.
Information and Findings From Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory
The single-span, concrete-slab Oakway Road Bridge
Crosses over the Canoe Stream in a forest area near the east end of
Belle Isle. The skewed structure has concrete parapet railings. Each
railing is interrupted by three vertical posts which rise above the
projecting coping. The posts are decorated with teal and orange tile
arranged in geometric patterns. The tile might have been produced by
Pewabic Pottery, which was founded in 1904; in 1908, the pottery moved
to 10125 East Jefferson Avenue, not far from the bridge between the
mainland and Belle Isle. Although some of the tiles are damaged,
graffiti covers part of the bridge, the historical integrity of the
design remains good.
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