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Charlotte Highway Bridge

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Relocated Charlotte Highway Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in August 2011

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BH Photo #210877

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Description 

An important piece of Michigan history that was relocated and restored.

Facts 

Overview
Whipple Truss bridge originally over Grand River on Charlotte Highway, now relocated to Historic Bridge Park in Calhoun County and restored as a pedestrian bridge
Location
Ionia County, Michigan
Status
Relocated
History
Built 1886 by Buckeye Bridge Works; replaced 2001 and relocated to Historic Bridge Park in Calhoun County
Builders
- Buckeye Bridge Works of Cleveland, Ohio
- H.P. Hepburn
Design
Wrought iron Whipple through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 172.9 ft.
Total length: 176.8 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.1 ft.
Also called
Centerline Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.81556, -84.89444   (decimal degrees)
42°48'56" N, 84°53'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/672135/4742483 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Portland South
Inventory numbers
MINBI 34200072000B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 04046 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 20066 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2007)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 99.6 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
1,290

Update Log 

  • April 17, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • August 11, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Updated status

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Comments 

Charlotte Highway Bridge
Posted April 28, 2011, by John Berry (jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I remember going across this bridge a lot as a child. At that time it had a metal grate decking and would hum as you went across