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Stadium Drive Railroad Overpass

Red Arrow Highway Railroad Overpass

Stadium Drive Railroad Overpass

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 5, 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Amtrak) Over Stadium Drive (Red Arrow Highway)
Location
Rural: Kalamazoo County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Metal Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1934 By Builder/Contractor: Dominion Construction Company and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
90 Feet (27.43 Meters)
Structure Length
110.2 Feet (33.59 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
39200028000X010

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This bridge is in Kalamazoo County, and in that county the road this bridge crosses over is called Stadium Drive. However in both Van Buren and Berrien Counties, this roadway is named Red Arrow Highway. In either case, the road is former US-12, which existed until I-94's completion at which point US-12 was transferred down to its current alignment in extreme southern Michigan where it eliminated the US-112 signing that had been used on that corridor up until that point.

This structure, which was completed in 1934 was built by a company that is listed only as the "Dominion Construction Company." The name implies a Canadian company and indeed there is a contracting company located in Canada even today named Dominion Construction Company. According to their profile they have been operating for over 90 years, and as such this company would have been in business when this bridge was built. It is likely that this is indeed the exact same company still operating today.

The bridge was built to carry the Michigan Central Railway. Today, this bridge carries frequent passenger rail traffic on an Amtrak line that includes the well-used Detroit-Chicago route.

The design of the actual plate girder structure is simple, although the abutments have a rather large and bold shape to them, with modest architectural detailing on the concrete. The structure features a heavy skew.

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