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Woodward Avenue Railroad Bridge

Woodward Avenue Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 29, 2022

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Canadian National) Over Woodward Avenue (M-1)
Location
Detroit: Wayne County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Slab,
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1935 By Builder/Contractor: D.W. Thurston of Detroit, Michigan and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
95.8 Feet (29.2 Meters)
Structure Length
126.0 Feet (38.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
82182131000X015

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This grade separation, crossing what is essentially Main Street Detroit, was designed with exceptional architectural details compared to most overpasses. The bridge is actually composed of two bridges side by side. The outermost girders are faced with decorative R4 railing. The gap in between the two bridges was originally lined with an extremely rare picketed railing design sometimes used by the Michigan State Highway Department. This railing lined the area at road level as well as at the top of the abutments. Sadly, by the time HistoricBridges.org documented this bridge, the lower section of railing had been replaced with New Jersey barrier. 

Additional significance for this bridge is derived from its construction using Depression era relief funds.

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