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Outer Drive Railroad Bridge

Outer Drive Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 29, 2022

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Conrail) Over Outer Drive
Location
Ecorse: Wayne County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1939 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
47.0 Feet (14.3 Meters)
Structure Length
99.7 Feet (30.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
82200205000X010

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is noted for its attractive architectural details, setting it aside the majority of railroad overpasses in Detroit, and is also noted for being a bridge built for this section of Outer Drive. Technically, this grade separation is configured as three separate bridges of varied width. The bridge is further significant for its use of Depression era relief funds.

Outer Drive was a plan to create a boulevard that formed a ring around Detroit, and was intended for pleasure driving. While several sections were completed, and survive today as signed roads named Outer Drive, the entire drive was never completed, thus Outer Drive today is several sections that are not connected. The intent was that all railroad crossings on Outer Drive would be grade separations. 

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