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Grand Haven Bascule Bridge

Grand Haven Bascule Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: April 28, 2006 and July 10, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
US-31 Over Grand River
Location
Grand Haven and Ferrysburg: Ottawa County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Rolling Lift) and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1960 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York and Engineer/Design: Hazelet and Erdal of Chicago, Illinois

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2006
Main Span Length
226 Feet (69 Meters)
Structure Length
693 Feet (211 Meters)
Roadway Width
78.7 Feet (23.99 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 6 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
70170014000B020

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With its solid, arched deck plate girder bascule superstructure, this double-leaf bascule bridge represents the mainstream of Michigan movable bridges. This bridge is a very wide bascule bridge, with a total of four girder lines. It appears that the bridge is designed as two separate bascule spans sharing a single substructure. As such, it may be possible to raise the southbound side of the bridge while leaving the northbound side lowered and vice versa. This ability was sometimes included in bridges so that one side could be raised to facilitate bridge repairs, while leaving the other side open to traffic, thereby avoiding complete bridge closure to traffic.

MDOT is apparently attempting to get this very wide bascule bridge listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This bridge is on a heavily traveled trunkline road, and it is nice to see its owner, MDOT making motions toward preservation rather than demolition.

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