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St. Louis High School Bridge

St. Louis High School Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: December 26, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Pine River
Location
St. Louis: Gratiot County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
34 Feet (10 Meters)
Structure Length
92 Feet (28 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge was built to carry only pedestrians, but it regardless has surprisingly substantial construction. It connects the high school to the athletic fields. The bridge has attractive railing that follows Michigan's popular type R4 railing that was used from approximately 1932 to 1963. The concrete railing posts that occur intermittently throughout the railing system have architectural detailing that was usually used on the earliest examples of R4 railing, suggesting this bridge may date to the 1930s. Other railing posts in the railing system are steel. The bridge has three steel stringer spans, and the abutments also include a series of stairways that carry pedestrians from the higher south end to the lower north end, giving the bridge a unique appearance. The bridge retains excellent historic integrity. The only substantial alteration is that the railing on the three spans over the river were raised up slightly, and an additional metal tube was also added to the bottom. The metal railing posts on this section were replaced, however the concrete posts were retained. The bridge today remains a functional and attractive part of the school grounds.

 

 

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