This is a historically intact example of a deck plate girder railroad overpass. A limited number of similar overpasses exists elsewhere on Michigan, all apparently designed by the Michigan State Highway Department. The exact design of each overpass can vary however including both structural and architectural details. This overpass is distinguished by its well decorated substructure which includes an unusual design where a pier and abutment are combined to provide a span over the sidewalks. This bridge is missing its Michigan State Highway Department plaques. Much of the structure has rusted, but all the original elements appeared to remain in 2003, including the guardrails which were built to the Type R4 railing design that Michigan State Highway Department used. Sometime between 2003 and 2010 someone (probably the railroad) stupidly decided to remove the original railings and put ugly lightweight railings on the bridge in its place. This alteration had a significantly detrimental effect on the aesthetic quality of the overpass. The new railings are less substantial than the original railings, so it is not even clear what was gained from this alteration. The historic railings were rusted, but if the railroad had wished them to be replaced, MDOT likely could have provided R4 railing panels to replace them. MDOT maintains a stockpile of R4 railings salvaged from replacement projects that are available for preservation work.
This bridge is similar to the M-53 Imlay City Railroad Bridge.
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