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Old US-41 Rapid River Bridge

Old US-41 Rapid River Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 9, 2010 and October, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
CR-I39 (15 Road) Over Rapid River
Location
Rural: Delta County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1916 By Builder/Contractor: Delta Contracting Company of Escanaba, Michigan and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
34 Feet (10 Meters)
Structure Length
70 Feet (21 Meters)
Roadway Width
17 Feet (5.18 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
21312C00001B010

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This bridge is the 64th trunk line bridge built in Michigan, constructed in 1916. As such, it is among the earliest surviving trunk line bridges in Michigan. It is historically significant on that basis. It is also technologically significant as an early example of a concrete through girder in Michigan. The bridge retains excellent historic integrity and appears unaltered including original plaque. The bridge is further noteworthy today as one of the few remaining multi-span concrete through girder bridges in Michigan. There once were more, but most were all demolished. The bridge carries a local road today which was originally the alignment for US-41. As such, the bridge also has significance as a surviving example as a bridge that initially carried US-41, one of the two main travel corridors in the Upper Peninsula. With multiple levels and areas of significance it is unsurprising that this bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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