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Saginaw Street Bridge

Saginaw Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: March 16, 2010, November 25, 2011, and February 9, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Saginaw Street (M-43 Eastbound) Over Grand River
Location
Lansing: Ingham County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1928 By Builder/Contractor: L. A. Davidson of Saginaw, Michigan (Widening) and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1957
Main Span Length
64 Feet (20 Meters)
Structure Length
254 Feet (77 Meters)
Roadway Width
66 Feet (20.12 Meters)
Spans
4 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
33133061000B010

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Bridge Documentation

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View The Original Plans For Michigan's R4 Style Railings

This bridge was demolished March 2012 by Michigan Department of Transportation!

This bridge was built in 1928, but it was widened by adding a few stringers to each side of the bridge in 1957, with Michigan's signature R4 type railings being added to the bridge at that time. The bridge is interesting because great care appears to have been taken to make the widened elements under the bridge resemble the original 1928 elements. Whether this was done for engineering or aesthetic reasons is unclear. When viewed from the top the bridge appears to be a 1957 bridge. When viewed from below, more interesting details are visible. Smaller piers added in 1957 to hold the extra stringers are separate from the large central pier under the bridge. All the piers have the same style and detailing. Most interestingly, the 1957 stringers that were added appear to have been fabricated to the 1928 specifications because they are riveted built-up i-beams just like the 1928 beams. One might have expected the 1957 i-beams to have been rolled instead of built-up. The only difference between the 1957 stringers and the 1928 stringers is that the 1928 stringers have the traditional concrete diaphragms which were in use by the Michigan State Highway Department at that time, while the 1957 stringers have riveted plates for diaphragms.

The bridge is an altered structure, however because the alterations are over 50 years old themselves and were executed in a tasteful manner, this bridge can be considered to have some historic value both as a 1928 bridge and a 1957 bridge. Aesthetically, the R4 railings and the riveted stringers make the bridge is an attractive example of an otherwise mundane structure type.

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2011-2012 Bridge Photo-Documentation
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2011-2012 Bridge Photo-Documentation
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A collection of overview and detail photos, taken in 2011-2012 shorterly before the demolition. This gallery features data-friendly, fast-loading photos in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer
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2010 Bridge Photo-Documentation
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Including photos of the bridge plaque, this is a collection of overview and detail photos, taken in 2010. This gallery offers photos in the highest available resolution and file size in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer
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2010 Bridge Photo-Documentation
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Bridge Demolition
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Bridge Demolition
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