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Van Buren Street Bridge

Van Buren Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 26, 2005

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Van Buren Street Over Augusta Creek Canal
Augusta: Kalamazoo County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1907 By Builder/Contractor: Elkhart Bridge and Iron Company of Elkhart, Indiana

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
28 Feet (8.53 Meters)
Structure Length
30.8 Feet (9.39 Meters)
Roadway Width
15 Feet (4.57 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge may be small, at only 28 feet in length, but it is nevertheless a very attractive bridge. According to the Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory the bridge was built in 1907. It is also locally significant as Kalamazoo County's last remaining truss bridge. It is also noteworthy as one of the only known examples of the Elkhart Bridge and Iron Company in Michigan. The bridge is a three panel Warren pony truss with riveted connections. The deck is concrete and has a jack-arch design, which was a common deck type when this was built. V-lacing is present under the top chord. There are outriggers on the bridge. Original lattice hub-guard style railings remain on the bridge. The only noticeable alteration was small steel supports wedged in between the bottom chord and the end post very close to the bottom of the endpost. Plaques used to be on the bridge, but have been stolen or vandalized. The corners of one of the two plaques that once were on the bridge are still visible. The bridge was open to traffic and is posted at a three-ton weight limit, but has since been closed to vehicular traffic and is today preserved for pedestrian use. The bridge has been repainted since the visit visit by HistoricBridges.org. In its preserved state, benches have been put on the deck, and interpretive signage installed next to the bridge informing visitor's of this historic bridge's significance.


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