Plate girder bridges were one of the most commonly built type of bridges on rail lines. They also were built with frequency in some states such as Pennsylvania and New York. Michigan however turned away from metal for use on bridges, mainly only using metal for stringer bridges, and relying on concrete for other bridge types, such as girder bridges. As such, this traditional through plate girder bridge is quite a rarity on Michigan highways, and is thus significant and worthy of preservation. On a national scale however, this bridge does not stand out any particular way, as other states have structures that are far larger and more complex.
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