At the time this bridge was evaluated for the historic bridge inventory, the construction date was either not known or was not listed in the inventory correctly. Worse, the structure type was also listed incorrectly. In 1992, the bridge was listed as a concrete girder bridge built in 1901, even though anyone with even minor experience with old bridges in Michigan would instantly recognize this bridge is a steel stringer bridge built between 1926 and 1932 based on its appearance. This problem has since been corrected in the National Bridge Inventory. However, apparently the people who worked on Michigan's initial Historic Bridge Inventory did not have much experience, and/or they never did a field visit to the bridge. As such, they interpreted the listing to mean that this was the oldest concrete girder bridge in Michigan even though it is not a concrete girder nor was it built in 1901. However this mistake had the interesting effect of landing the bridge on the National Register of Historic Places as part of a Multiple Property Submission. There really isn't anything bad about this, except that it is somewhat inappropriate to have this bridge listed on the National Register while larger and more significant representative examples of this technology and design (which are deserving of listing) remain unlisted, such as the Cleveland Street Bridge. Despite that, the fact remains that the Ottawa Street Bridge is an excellent example of Michigan's visually attractive steel stringer plan that only was used from 1926-1932, yet was built in large numbers over that period. The bridge retains excellent historic integrity with the exception that the plaques have been stolen. Located on an old highway alignment that is now essentially a dead-end road, the bridge is a good candidate for preservation.
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