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East Michigan Avenue Bridge

Photos 

MI-75-1

Photo taken by Dietrich Floeter, February 1994, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #121119

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost concrete through girder bridge over Kalamazoo River on East Michigan Avenue in Galesburg
Location
Galesburg, Kalamazoo County, Michigan
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1923; Walkway added 1941; Replaced 1995
Builder
- William Marshall & Son
Design
"The East Michigan Avenue Bridge is [was] one of only three camelback bridges left on the Michigan Department of Transportation inventory list and is the second largest in the state. The sister bridge to this one was Mosel Avenue Bridge which was taken down in 1990.

"This documentation was undertaken in February 1994 in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement by the Michigan Department of Transportation as a mitigative measure prior to the replacement of the bridge."

Michael R. DeVries, Project Engineer
Wrightman and Associates, Inc.
920 Broad St.
St. Joseph, MI 49085

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Dimensions
Length of largest span: 90.0 ft.
Total length: 210.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.28861, -85.40194   (decimal degrees)
42°17'19" N, 85°24'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/631749/4683057 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Galesburg
Inventory number
BH 37172 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 20, 2010: New photo from James Norwood
  • August 14, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER MI-75 - East Michigan Avenue Bridge
  • James Norwood

Comments 

East Michigan Avenue Bridge
Posted May 21, 2010, by James Norwood

Nathan, I concur. Using Google Earth I see the house in my photo has been painted. Sadly, I really feel old now, seeing this bridge is closed and how 'skinny' it's lane widths are. It was a spur of the moment photo from the mid 80's and indeed it was on US 12, so I stand corrected. This was caught while on the way to Swiss Valley Ski Lodge. I see other sections of our route within Michigan have also been bypassed, including part of the old highway in Jones along Driskels Lake. Amazing what you can see when you have not even turned 40 years old yet! Thanks for the help. James

East Michigan Avenue Bridge
Posted May 20, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The photo James Norwood posted on this page at the end of the gallery looks like it might actually be the Mottville Bridge back when it was still open to vehicular traffic. http://www.historicbridges.org/concrete/us12/

East Michigan Avenue Bridge
Posted January 26, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge was one of two similar bridges in Kalamazoo County, and both were demolished... absolutely pathetic. These two bridges with their multi-span designs and the two different span lengths made them some of the most beautiful of Michigan's concrete camelbacks... which are beautiful enough even in a single span format! This Michigan Avenue Bridge was on former trunkline alignment. The only reason they replaced it was because if the nearby freeway had to be closed due to an accident, they thought the bridge would be too narrow for the emergency route. So 99% of the time, the bridge was sufficient for the road it served. What a waste.

East Michigan Avenue Bridge
Posted January 26, 2010, by Chalon Harper (camowolf95 [at] live [dot] vom)

This is a highly fascinating bridge. The style intrigues me greatly.