This bridge would appear to be a late example of a stringer bridge displaying ornamental "R4" railings on it. However plaques on the bridge as well as an inspection under the bridge show that it is a 1940 bridge that was widened by adding beams to the eastern side of the bridge in 1966. It was likely at this time the deck was redone and railings likely replaced too. Today however, whether you consider it s 1940 or 1966 bridge, it is a highly attractive bridge mainly due to the railings which have not had modern guardrails added to them, which in 2022 is becoming quite rare in Michigan. For Michigan, the bridge is also a decent length of a river crossing, at five spans.
Waverly Road Bridge follows the county line. The 1940 plaque says it was built jointly by both counties, but the 1966 plaque only lists Ingham County. Incidentally, the beams were added on the Ingham County side, but whether this has anything to do with why it appears that Ingham County alone funded the widening is uncertain. Parmalee and Carpenter was the contractor for the widening project.
A historical news article indicates that before this bridge was built, Waverly Road dead-ended at the river. The bridge was intended to turn Waverly Road into an important connector for Eaton County Residents, providing connectivity to US-27 (today I-69) and US-16 (today Grand River Avenue and the I-96 travel corridor).
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Unorganized Photos
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