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Raymond Road Bridge

Raymond Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: Spring 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Raymond Road Over Kalamazoo River
Location
Near Battle Creek: Calhoun County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1961 By Builder/Contractor: Canonie Construction Company of South Haven, Michigan and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
55 Feet (16.7 Meters)
Structure Length
220 Feet (67 Meters)
Roadway Width
26 Feet (7.92 Meters)
Spans
4 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
13200027000B020

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

Bridge Status: Demolished and replaced.

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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.

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