|Bridge Name||Facility Carried / Feature Intersected||Location||Structure Type||Construction Date and Builder/Engineer|
Pine Island Drive Bridge
||Pine Island Drive Over Rogue River||Rural: Kent County, Michigan||Concrete Curved Chord Through Girder, Fixed||1924 By Builder/Contractor: Peter Brill|
|Main Span Length||Structure Length||Roadway Width||Main Spans||NBI Number|
|93 Feet (28.3 Meters)||99.7 Feet (30.4 Meters)||20 Feet (6.1 Meters)||1||41200081000B010|
Excellent news! Tom Byle, Assistant Director of Engineering of the Kent County Road Commission reports that Kent County plans to restore this bridge, and to increase safety, turn the crossing into a one-way couplet, an option this website has suggested with so many of those narrow concrete bridges on this website. Kent County deserves a big thank you for choosing to preserve this unique bridge which is unlike anything else in the state! The planned preservation of this structure will be a role model for the rest of the state.
This is a one-of-a-kind example of a bridge that has been described as a through arch bridge and alternatively as a curved chord through girder. The bridge is also noted for its overhead bracing. This bridge has the same cool tunnel feeling you get when you cross a through truss bridge. Some sources call this bridge a through arch bridge which is commonly called a rainbow arch bridge. However it does not look like the average rainbow arch, which is like city-engineer designed Merrick Street Bridge. Rather, it really has more architectural (and perhaps structural) details that relate to to Michigan's unique curved-chord through girder bridges, a.k.a. concrete camelback bridges. This inset arch design (and the solid concrete wall forming it), the pierced openings, and general shape of the arch/girder contribute to this concrete camelback appearance. Beyond these similarities, this bridge was really spruced up with architectural details. One could almost call the bridge ornate. The pierced openings are not just simple holes, they have a keyhole-like shape to them. Inset, but not pierced, designs identical to accent the piercing below. End posts on the bridge have inset rectangular designs and such. The overhead bracing has been shaped to give the appearance that it sits on brackets. Looking up at this bracing on the bridge, you can see that the bracing has had its interior corners rounded to give it a window-like appearance. The unique design and excellent historic integrity (no alterations) of this bridge makes it one of the most historically significant concrete bridges in Michigan. No structures of similar appearance are known to exist either in Michigan or nationwide.
The unusual design at this location came because the county was not interested in a metal truss design, which had originally been proposed for the crossing.
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