|Bridge Name||Facility Carried / Feature Intersected||Location||Structure Type||Construction Date and Builder/Engineer|
Zimmer Road Bridge
||Zimmer Road Over Red Cedar River||Rural: Ingham County, Michigan||Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed||1956 By Builder/Contractor: W. L. Eva and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department|
|Main Span Length||Structure Length||Roadway Width||Main Spans||NBI Number|
|65 Feet (19.8 Meters)||155 Feet (47.2 Meters)||24 Feet (7.3 Meters)||3||33316H00033B010|
This 1956 three span stringer bridge retains excellent historic integrity and as such is a good representative example of a mid-1950s stringer bridge in Michigan, including plaque and unaltered "R-4" style ornamental railings. Pier and abutment detailing is of a traditional design for the period as well. This bridge features metal posts on the railings rather than concrete, which some bridges from this period used instead. The metal posts have the typical three strips of metal for accent/decoration, and like most examples of this detail, they have fallen prey to pack rust and are at risk of coming apart or falling off completely.
Bridges like these are comparatively common to other historic bridge types, but are rapidly being either severely altered or replaced. The best examples from this period should be singled out now for preservation while the selection of bridges to choose from is still good.
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