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Lake Shore Drive Bridge

Lake Shore Drive Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): James Rouse

Bridge Documented: March 31, 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Lake Shore Drive Bridge Over South Branch Little Black River
Location
Wakefield: Gogebic County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
38 Feet (11.5 Meters)
Structure Length
40 Feet (12.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
22 Feet (6.71 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
274701400004B01

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Learn about Michigan's Unique Concrete Camelback Bridges

1930 was the date given for the construction of this bridge. That date appears to be incorrect however, as this bridge utilizes a design similar to the Vernier Street Bridge that features a different way of designing the bottom portion of the girder. It didn't work out too well, as it appears to be made of concrete channel-shaped sections that tended to fall apart. Both the Lake Shore Drive Bridge and the Vernier Street Bridge have deterioration on them. Later concrete camelback bridges such as the M-64 Bridge featured a larger and more solid bottom section and have not deteriorated there. Given the appearance of the Lake Shore Drive Bridge, a construction date of 1921-1922 seems accurate.

Despite these problems, the overall physical condition of the bridge is excellent and it is today on a dead-end road. There is no reason why the bottom section of this bridge could not be repaired to ensure that this bridge remains a historic bridge attraction for the years to come.

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