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Waverly Road Bridge

Waverly Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: April 18, 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Waverly Road Over Grand River
Lansing: Ingham County, Michigan and Eaton County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1940 By Builder/Contractor: W. J. Storen Company

Technical Facts

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Main Span Length
56 Feet (17 Meters)
Structure Length
284 Feet (86.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
44 Feet (13.41 Meters)
5 Main Span(s)
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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. 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.


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