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East Channel Saginaw River Bridge


Photo taken by Douglas Butler in November 2014


BH Photo #337719


Street View 


Bascule bridge over East Channel Saginaw River on M-13/M-84 (Lafayette Avenue) in Bay City
Bay County, Michigan
Future prospects
Scheduled for replacement by MDOT, project to begin in 2020
Built 1938; rehabilitated 1987
- Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Length of largest span: 185.0 ft.
Total length: 452.1 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 30, 1999
Also called
Veterans Memorial Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.57958, -83.89961   (decimal degrees)
43°34'46" N, 83°53'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/265885/4829265 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bay City
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 99001465 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
MINBI 09109032000B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 00586 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 19963 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 36.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 15, 2018: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Noted added: This crossing will undergo reconstruction beginning in 2020
  • May 10, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 18, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • June 19, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 14, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.



East Channel Saginaw River Bridge
Posted September 18, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, apparently this time both the superstructure and the foundation will be up for replacement. So...there's that.

For context RE: 1987 though - I could probably find pre-1987 photos if I dig hard enough, but otherwise, are such images readily available? I was born in '85 and am not sure Id've even ever crossed this bridge prior to '87, never mind being able to remember doing so. Though for that matter, my family used to live just outside the city; we moved within the city limits in 1993.

East Channel Saginaw River Bridge
Posted September 17, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge was essentially demolished and replaced in 1987. The entire superstructure including bascule leaves were replaced. So if they are replacing that already its a rather interesting development.

East Channel Saginaw River Bridge
Posted September 15, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

MDOT has this scheduled for replacement. The project is scheduled to begin in 2020, and reportedly could take up to two years to complete. The West Channel bridge will not be having work done at that time.

As someone who goes over this bridge several times per WEEK as of late, oh boy will this be a headache to deal with once 2020 hits.