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Outer Drive Joy Road Bridge

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Outer Drive Joy Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: December 15, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Outer Drive Over Joy Road (Formerly Bonaparte Road)
Location
Detroit: Wayne County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1927 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
70 Feet (21.3 Meters)
Structure Length
75 Feet (22.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
40 Feet (12.19 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
82200174000S010

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This bridge is an example of an arch bridge designed by the Wayne County Road Commission, which used arch bridges both for highway overpasses as well as for water crossings. This is obviously an example of its use as an overpass. The aesthetically pleasing design includes architectural treatment on the abutments and a defined arch ring, all specific characteristics seen on a number of the Wayne County arch bridges.  This bridge also includes stairways that allow pedestrians to access each road. Like most of the old bridges along the various River Rouge parkways, this bridge has unfortunately lost its original railings. Otherwise, the historic integrity of the bridge is good. The plaque on the bridge reveals that Joy Road was formerly known as Bonaparte Road. According to the Dawes Avenue Block Club, Joy Road was named to honor Henry B. Joy who was the President of Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit around 1913.

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