|Bridge Name||Facility Carried / Feature Intersected||Location||Structure Type||Construction Date and Builder/Engineer|
I-94 Kalamazoo River Bridge
||I-94 Over Kalamazoo River||Rural: Calhoun County, Michigan||Concrete Continuous Curved T-Beam, Fixed||1960 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department|
|Main Span Length||Structure Length||Roadway Width||Main Spans||NBI Number|
|77.8 Feet (23.7 Meters)||275 Feet (83.8 Meters)||34.8 Feet (10.6 Meters)||4||13113082000B013|
This bridge has only been included on the website because it is visible from Historic Bridge Park, and although too heavily modified to be considered historic, is built to the same design as a number of historic bridges crossing I-94. Anyone who visits should know a bit more about this structure type. Although the curved beams add some character to the bridge, the original railings are really needed to make this bridge type truly attractive and historic. It is unfortunate that this bridge serves heavy I-94 traffic and the original railings have been replaced with ugly new Jersey barriers. Nevertheless, this bridge's structure type is a historic type no longer used on today's roadways, that of the curved t-beam. This type was commonly built in the 1950s and as late as the very early 1960s.
The 18.5 Mile Road Bridge just east of nearby Marshall, showcases the original railings, as does the Sigler Road Bridge over on I-75 near Monroe. The bridge seen from Historic Bridge Park on I-94 would most likely have had these railings as well when built.
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