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Grand Haven Swing Bridge

Grand Haven Swing 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
Railroad (CSX) Over Grand River
Location
Grand Haven and Ferrysburg: Ottawa County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Movable: Swing (Center Pier) and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
150 Feet (45.72 Meters)
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 6 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This is an outstanding example of a swing bridge which is still in use. The exact construction date is not known, but its riveted connections suggest a ca. 1900 or later date.

The extensive v-lacing and lattice that is present on the members and chords of this bridge make it a beautiful structure. The swing span is the main span of the bridge, a number of deck plate girder spans provide an approach to the structure. The bridge carries one set of tracks. The bridge employs the Pratt truss configuration. All connections on the bridge are riveted. Even the tall center portion is all riveted, as opposed to such bridges as the Saginaw Swing Bridge, which feature pinned connections for portions of the center structure.

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