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Telegraph Road Railroad Bridge

US-24 Railroad Bridge

Telegraph Road Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 29, 2022

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Norfolk Southern) Over Telegraph Road (US-24)
Location
Taylor: Wayne County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1936 By Builder/Contractor: Bryant and Detwiler Company and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
72.0 Feet (21.9 Meters)
Structure Length
170.0 Feet (51.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
4 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
82182052000X020

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Bridge Documentation

This is one of several attractive railroad overpasses on Telegraph Road noted for their use of R4 railing. This bridge has a somewhat unusual span configuration. From west to east, a large span crosses over the sidewalk, then at the median there are not one but two piers, then a span over the two lanes of northbound Telegraph Road, another pier, and a final short span over the sidewalk before meeting the abutment. In considering what happened to another 1930s overpass on Telegraph Road in 1961, it is suspected that the portion of the bridge over the southbound lanes, with the longer single span clearing both the road and sidewalk, was an addition to an original overpass over the northbound lanes. Unlike the other bridge, this section had a narrower median so rather than build up an earthen division between the two grade separations, the old bridge was simply expanded, using architectural detailing on the piers and matching R4 railing throughout to create the appearance of a single, original bridge, aside from the unusual pier arrangement that would result from such an expansion. 

In support of this theory, the section of Telegraph Road which was expanded into a divided highway during the 1960s ran from Haskell Street (south of this bridge) up to 8 Mile Road (north of this bridge, and encompassing the other Telegraph Road Railroad Bridge discussed here). 

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