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Morton's Highway Crossing

Photos 

MI-44-1

Photo taken by Dietrich Floeter, April 1990, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #121198

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost concrete through arch bridge over Amtrak/Conrail Railroad on O Avenue near Oshtemo
Location
Kalamazoo County, Michigan
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1904; Replaced 1992
Railroads
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Conrail (CR)
Design
"This is [was] the oldest of only three concrete through arch bridges known to survive in Michigan and is [was] one of the oldest concrete bridges of any type left in the state. The structure was determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places on April 1, 1986.

"This documentation was undertaken in May 1990 in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement by the Kalamazoo County Road Commission as a mitigative measure prior to the replacement of the bridge."

Ronald R. Coping, M.A., M.A.
Environmental Analyst
Kalamazoo County Road Commission
3801 E. Kilgore Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49003

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Dimensions
Length of largest span: 44.0 ft.
Total length: 135.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Also called
O Avenue Amtrak Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.23000, -85.75900   (decimal degrees)
42°13'48" N, 85°45'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/602406/4676058 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lawton
Inventory number
BH 37177 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 14, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER MI-44 - Morton's Highway Crossing, Spanning Amtrak on "O" Avenue, Oshtemo vicinity, Kalamazoo County, MI