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West Avenue Bridge

West Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 21, 2009 and October 9, 2009

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Location
Jackson: Jackson County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1923 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
1952
Main Span Length
35.8 Feet (10.9 Meters)
Structure Length
91.0 Feet (27.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
25.3 Feet (7.71 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
38138072000R010

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This historic bridge was demolished and replaced by MDOT During Summer 2012!

This unusual bridge features three elliptical arch spans, with the central span being the largest. The bridge was altered in 1952 which is when the pole railings date to. The concrete cantilevers which widen the bridge and provide a sidewalk also appear to date to this 1952 alteration. The 1952 alterations also reconfigured the abutments and added earth fill at the abutments as well. Aside from the 1952 alterations, the overall historic integrity of the original arches remains. The bridge deck has a strong hump to it. The bridge is noteworthy for an unusual design of a highway over railroad grade separation in Michigan. This bridge has not been maintained over the years and extensive cracking was observed in the concrete of the bridge. Moreover, despite low speed limits on this road which passes through a residential area, MDOT felt that the hump in this bridge was a hazard. As such, MDOT plans to demolish and replace this bridge with a mundane slab of concrete, destroying this historic bridge. Moreover, several homes were claimed and destroyed by eminent domain in the name of replacing this bridge, because the approach has to be raised up to eliminate the hump. One has to wonder that if the bridge had instead been maintained, and low speed limits kept in place around the bridge, if this bridge could have been left in place as a safe and functional historic crossing.

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