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Columbia Road-Grand River Bridge(Old)


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Steel stringer bridge over Grand River on Columbia Road
Ingham County, Michigan
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1950; Replaced 2017
Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 59.7 ft.
Total length: 157.8 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.58216, -84.60113   (decimal degrees)
42°34'56" N, 84°36'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/696852/4717205 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
MINEW 03862 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
MINBI 33200021000B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
BH 82929 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 3, 2019: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Updated status; bridge was replaced in 2017
  • September 22, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein



Columbia Road-Grand River Bridge(Old)
Posted October 4, 2019, by Dana and Kay Klein

Thanks Mike, always try to sequence for history value, do Replacement, old,older. Then if necessary 1 23 4 etc.

Columbia Road-Grand River Bridge(Replacement)
Posted October 4, 2019, by Nathan B Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The steel stringer was built in 1950 and was a standard plan bridge, but on one side the R4 railings had been replaced by New Jersey barriers, making the bridge an altered and very poor example of a structure type better documented by other unaltered structures. The bridge was replaced as you note in 2017 by a welded prefab modern (aka ugly) pony truss bridge. A weird phenomenon that has occurred in Michigan in recent years is the use of truss bridges (unlike Ohio, modern trusses are not common in Michigan) but they have been used for hydraulic reasons I believe (longer clear spans). In any case, the decision to use trusses here was a poor one, since the trusses completely blocked the view for a nearby intersecting road. It was so accident prone I believe they had to close the bridge for a time and if memory serves I believe a signal was to be installed to safely control traffic. Bet you won't find this bridge on the US Bridge Company website!

Columbia Road-Grand River Bridge(Replacement)
Posted October 3, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)


I'm confused by the name. This is listed as a replacement bridge - any idea of what this replaced?

Reason I ask is, this bridge was itself replaced by a modern pony truss in 2017.