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Lake Shore Drive Bridge


South Longitudinal Elevation, View Looking North

Photo taken by Dick Strauss, November 1985, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #121422



Concrete arch bridge over Ruddiman Creek on Lakeshore Drive
Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan
Open to traffic
Built 1891; Pedestrian walkway built 1911; Repaired 1912; Steel walkway added 1916; Rehabilitated 1986
- Marklo Cement Co.
Closed-spandrel arch.

"Vehicular Bridge to be demolished June 1986.
"Pedestrian Bridge to be relocated June 1986.

"The Lake Street stone arch vehicular bridge in Muskegon, Michigan, is significant because it is representative of a brief period in the evolution in design of American bridges. Relatively few stone bridges were constructed in the nation during the era from 1867 to 1897, and fewer still remain as examples of this type of construction. Presently, only a half dozen remain in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The difficulty and time involved in construction such spans, and the cost to do so, limited the number actually built. The Lake Street Bridge is a remnant of a distinctive method of construction which flourishes only briefly and sporadically in the Great Lakes area during the last half of the nineteenth century.

"The concrete pedestrian bridge serves a utilitarian purpose providing a safe means for pedestrians to cross Ruddiman Creek. It also provides an undisturbed place from which to view the above stone arch bridge at close range, as well as the scenic views of Ruddiman Creek and Muskegon Lake.

"This documentation was undertaken in November 1985 in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement by the Federal Highway Administration, City of Muskegon, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation the Michigan State History division as a mitigative measure prior to the demolition and removal of the bridge structures."

Kenneth M. Solomon, Assistant City Planner
Department of Planning and Community Development
City of Muskegon, Michigan

Submitted by Joan P. Yearby, HAER, 1987

Length of largest span: 26.9 ft.
Total length: 29.9 ft.
Deck width: 47.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 29, 1980
Also called
Ruddiman Creek Bridge
Lake Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.21823, -86.28462   (decimal degrees)
43°13'06" N, 86°17'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/558103/4785297 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Muskegon West
Average daily traffic (as of 2002)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 80004836 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
MINBI 614461800016B02 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 07698 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 20180 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2016)
Overall condition: Good
Sufficiency rating: 95.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 15, 2008: New photos from J.R. Manning


  • HAER MI-15 - Lake Street Bridge, Spanning Ruddiman Creek at Lake Shore Drive, Muskegon, Muskegon County, MI
  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net