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Ceresco Bridge

12 Mile Road Bridge

Ceresco Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: Fall 2005, June 21, 2010, and July 25, 2016

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
12 Mile Road Over Kalamazoo River
Location
Ceresco: Calhoun County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1920 By Builder/Contractor: L. Smith, H. A. and M. C. Nichols of Hastings, Michigan and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
58 Feet (17.6 Meters)
Structure Length
115 Feet (35 Meters)
Roadway Width
20.7 Feet (6.31 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
13200079000B010

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This beautiful bridge complements its setting well. The Michigan State Highway Department designed this structure, and its trademark features can be seen in the inset rectangles on the bridge as well as the bronze plaques on the bridge. Decorative posts are also present on this bridge, which was built in 1920. It is listed as a State Reward Bridge Number 53.

The previous bridge at this location was a through truss as the below postcard shows.

By 2016, the dam located next to this bridge had been removed to return the river to a natural state.

Information and Findings From MDOT

The 12 Mile Road Bridge is eligible for the National Register as a good example of a filled-spandrel concrete arch bridge with excellent historical integrity.

Calhoun County built the 12 Mile Road Bridge in 1920 as State Reward Bridge No. 53. Contractors for the project were L. Smith, H.A. Nichols, and M.C. Nichols, of Hastings, Michigan, who submitted a bid of $25,175 on 11 March of that year. The total project cost $35,070, of which the state paid half. The state highway department also supplied the plans for the structure, based on a standard design.

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Information and Findings From Michigan Historic Sites Online

Narrative Description:

The 12 Mile Road Bridge is located in the village of Ceresco. A dam is located to the east of the structure. The bridge displays solid concrete parapet railings with ten recesses each. A tapered projecting stringcourse trims the elliptical barrel vault. Concrete lamp posts, missing their fixtures, stand at the corners and in the middle of the railings. Bridge plates are attached at the northwest and southeast corners. main span number: 2 main span length: 57.5 structure length: 115.0 roadway width: 24.5 structure width: 20.7


Statement of Significance:

Calhoun County presumably built the 12 Mile Road Bridge in 1920 as State Reward Bridge No. 53. According to the bridge plates, contractors for the project were L. Smith, H. A. Nichols, and M. C. Nichols, of Hastings, Michigan. Archival research did not provide any additional information. The 12 Mile Road Bridge is eligible for the National Register under Criterion C as a good example of the filled-spandrel concrete arch bridge type with excellent historical integrity.


This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Unorganized Photos

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Photo Galleries and Videos: Ceresco Bridge

 
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Bridge Photo-Documentation
A collection of overview and detail photos. This photo gallery contains a combination of Original Size photos and Mobile Optimized photos in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer
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2010 Randy Mulder Gallery
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A collection of overview and detail photos, taken June 21, 2010 by Randy Mulder. Offers several additional overview angles from areas not always accessible. This gallery offers photos in the highest available resolution and file size in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer
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2010 Randy Mulder Gallery
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2016 Additional Unorganized Photos
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2016 Additional Unorganized Photos
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