This bridge is an example of a bridge design built from approximately 1927 to 1932 in relatively large quantities in Michigan.
This bridge has historical significance as part of the M-28 "Seney Stretch", the straight and flat section of highway that parallels the railroad west of here to Shingleton. Originally, the highway ran straight along Railroad St through Seney. However, from 1947 to 1954 MDOT built 10 new bridges from Shingleton to Seney, and because they also jogged M-28 a block north entering Seney, this included a bridge just north of this one. Therefore, this road reverted to local status and this bridge is a remnant of the old highway. The 10 bridges all retain their R4 railings, although covered by Armco guardrail.
The Seney Stretch is usually claimed to be 25 miles long, and sometimes 30, but because the road jogs slightly north into the towns on each end, the actual straight section is probably closer to 23 miles. According to Michigan Highways, before 1949 the highway followed the tracks for several miles more east of Seney, which may explain the 30. This road's straightness and flatness is often given as reasons for M-28 being a very boring drive. Only some of the roads of Michigan's Thumb Area like M-46 might give the road a run for its money.
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