This bridge design is a standard that was used for short crossings in Michigan in the 1920s. The standard design is noted for its distinctive railings. This particular bridge is a little bit of a mystery, however. It currently has
sidewalks that appear to be pre-stressed concrete adjacent box beams, a modern structure type. However, these beams rest on abutments that appear to the be same age as the 1920s portion of the bridge. Thus, it appears that perhaps the
original sidewalks for this bridge were replaced at some point. However, even if this is the case, this is still an unusual situation since this bridge design normally was used in rural locations and as such sidewalks were not a typical
part of the design.
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