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Mosel Avenue Bridge


North Elevation

Photo taken by Dietrich Floeter, April 1989, for HAER

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BH Photo #121137



Lost Concrete pony arch bridge over Kalamazoo River on Mosel Avenue in Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1924; Altered 1953; Deck resurfaced 1985; Replaced 1990
- Joseph P. Rusche
"This three span bridge, with an overall length of 210 feet, is [was] the second longest surviving concrete camelback bridge designed by the Michigan State Highway Department. All spans are of standard Highway Department designs. The contractor was J.P. Rusche of Grand Rapids, Michigan. This structure was determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places on April 1, 1986.

"This documentation was undertaken in June 1989 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
Kalamazoo, MI


Length of largest span: 90.0 ft.
Total length: 210.0 ft.
Deck width: 36.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.31778, -85.57306   (decimal degrees)
42°19'04" N, 85°34'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/617587/4686045 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 37173 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

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


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER MI-37 - Mosel Avenue Bridge, Spanning Kalamazoo River on Mosel Avenue, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI


Mosel Avenue Bridge
Posted December 9, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hyde's 1976 inventory lists this as a State Reward bridge, but it doesn't give a number. Best I can guess is it's somewhere above 53, as #53 is BH 19986 in Calhoun County.