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NS - Grand River Swing Bridge

Photos 

Upstream side from West end

Photo taken by Brent Tindall in April 2014

License: Released into public domain

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BH Photo #281269

Map 

Description 

Main swing span was built 1902-1903 by American Bridge Company. The fixed span immediately to the north was built 1901 by Detroit Bridge and Iron Works. The northernmost span was built 1922 by American Bridge Company while the southernmost span was built 1908 by American Bridge Company. All are pin-connected Pratt through trusses except for the 1922 span, which is a riveted Warren through truss.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Grand River on Norfolk Southern RR (formerly Pere Marquette RR)
Location
Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1901-1903 by American Bridge Co. and Detroit Bridge and Iron Works, northernmost span replaced 1908, southernmost span replaced 1922
Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Detroit Bridge & Iron Works of Detroit, Michigan
Railroads
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Pere Marquette Railroad (PM)
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 231.0 ft.
Total length: 654.0 ft.
Deck width: 30.0 ft.
Also called
Pere Marquette - Grand River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.95810, -85.68060   (decimal degrees)
42°57'29" N, 85°40'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/607615/4757006 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Grand Rapids West
Inventory number
BH 52083 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 6, 2014: New photos from Brent Tindall
  • November 13, 2013: New Street View added by Brent Tindall
  • April 17, 2012: Added by Frank Hicks

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