This bridge is a great example of why railings are important with historic bridges. If this bridge were to have modern Armco railings or New Jersey barrier instead of the ornamental railings which were the standard bridge bridges from the 1930s-1960s, this bridge would be nothing more than a slab of concrete. Indeed, without the railings, this bridge would look like a bridge that might be built in the 21st century, a simple slab with no design with beauty whatsoever. But with the railings, this bridge takes on an attractive appearance. Perhaps not as much as a curved t-beam or a deck truss, but still, the railings make the bridge look like someone wanted the bridge to be attractive in addition to functional. As it stands, this bridge retains good historic integrity. Pre-stressed concrete was not commonly used in the early 1960s, so this might also be noteworthy as an early example of that technology, as bland as it may look. Also, this structure has a significant skew to it, and is also a fairly long bridge for Michigan, at four spans and 220 feet.
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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