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Grand River Avenue Bridge

Photos 

MI-48-1

Photo taken by Carla Anderson, June 1991, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #121506

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost concrete camelback bridge over CSX Railroad (Former Chesapeake & Ohio, Former Pere Marquette) on Grand River Avenue in Novi
Location
Novi, Oakland County, Michigan
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1925 by Michigan State Construction Division; Replaced 2004
Railroads
- Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O; CO)
- Pere Marquette Railroad (PM)
Design
"This is the sixth longest concrete "camelback" girder bridge left in Michigan. It created a grade separation for Grand River Avenue, which at the time of construction was part of US Route 16 linking Detroit with Grand Haven, Michigan, on Lake Michigan.

"The [bridge] is a three span reinforced concrete "camelback" girder structure restong on four piers. The bridge proper measures 146 feet 9 inches long and 48 feet wide overall.

"This documentation is a result of a Memorandum of Agreement between the Oakland County Road Commission, the Michigan State Historic Preservation Officer, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation as a mitigative measure prior to the demolition of the bridge."

Dr. Charles K. Hyde, Department of History
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan 48202

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Dimensions
Length of largest span: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 146.9 ft.
Deck width: 48.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 22.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.48222, -83.48194   (decimal degrees)
42°28'56" N, 83°28'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/296004/4706303 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Northville
Inventory number
BH 37200 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 15, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER MI-48 - Grand River Avenue Bridge, Spanning Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad at Grand River Avenue, Novi, Oakland County, MI