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This bridge sits next to the equally rare and beautiful Keystone Bridge. The Ramsay Bridge is an impressive example of a concrete girder bridge, as it sweeps over the small valley of the Black River. Such use of the concrete girder bridge was not often seen in Michigan; concrete girders were generally used for smaller crossings that did not have a valley to them. The bridge is significant as the largest remaining example of a straight chord through girder bridge in Michigan. Unfortunately, the bridge has not been maintained and serious concrete spalling has marred the beauty of the structure. It is paramount that this bridge be restored, with attention paid to bringing back the original appearance of the bridge. As a significant and impressive example of this structure type, it should be receive more attention than it currently has been.
Information and Findings From Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory
This three-span concrete bridge carries
Main Street over the Black River in the center of the village of Ramsay.
Built in 1922-1923 from a design by the Michigan State Highway
Department, the Ramsay Bridge is comprised of a 50-foot concrete through
girder, flanked on both sides by similarly configured, 40-foot girders.
The superstructure is supported by concrete abutments and spill-through
piers with tapered columns and straight diaphragms. It features typical
MSHD detailing with two straight girders that carry the
asphalt-surfaced, concrete slab deck. The modest architectural
expression is provided by recessed rectangular panels in the girder
walls, which are capped with heavy concrete corbels. Bronze "State
Reward Bridge" plates are mounted on the girder's sidewalls. Other than
minor concrete spalling, the Ramsay Bridge remains essentially unaltered
and in physically good condition.
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