This bridge is near the now-demolished Monroe Avenue Railroad Overpass South.
There are two rail overpasses quite near each other here on Monroe Avenue. They are the same basic structure, but each is distinctly different. This is the more standard looking of the two, the northernmost one, that carries the tracks that cross the Grand River.
Anyway, the Keith Dersham contacted HistoricBridges.org and told some history about this bridge. The Monroe Avenue Railroad Overpass North was built to carry two sets of tracks, but has always had only a single set, and has never actually carried two. GTW built the bridges wider in anticipation of future expansion, which never panned out, and has carried tracks only on the north side of the bridge to this day. The words Grand Trunk RR are still visible, although someone painted over them. Keith mentioned that the kids used to paint the Tr letters and make it so it read Grand Funk Railroad!
The bents for the main through girder span are composed of built-up beams that include lattice. The bottom bracing on these supports is severely rusted, likely due to road salt. By 2012, the bottom of the bents, where this deterioration had been noted in 2006 was encased in concrete.
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