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Third Avenue Bridge

Photos 

West Front

Photo taken by Carla Anderson for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #310223

Map 

Description 

One of four identical single-span bridges designed to carry major north-south arterial streets over the Davison Limited Highway, built to speed crosstown traffic through Highland Park. The others were at Second Avenue, John R. Street, and Brush Street. The hinged, reinforced concrete, rigid-framed bridge design permitted maximum underclearance without raising the grade of the street above. The steel reinforcing bars were bent on site, instead of in fabricating shops.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Lost Concrete rigid frame bridge over M-8, Davison Freeway on Third Avenue
Location
Wayne County, Michigan
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1942; Replaced 1996
Builder
- William J. Storen Co. of Detroit, Michigan
Design
Concrete rigid frame
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 77.1 ft.
Total length: 86.9 ft.
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.40133, -83.10157   (decimal degrees)
42°24'05" N, 83°06'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/327047/4696476 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Highland Park
Inventory numbers
MINBI 82182103000S120 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
BH 65005 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 24, 2014: Added by Dave King

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER MI-103-C - Davison Freeway, Third Avenue Bridge, Spanning Davisoun Freeway, Highland Park, Wayne County, MI