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Pearl Street Bridge


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Photo by Michael Forrest, December 1982, for HAER

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BH Photo #121259


Open spandrel arch bridge over Grand River on Pearl Street in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
Open to traffic
Built 1922 by Koss Construction Co.; rehabilitated 1983
- Koss Construction Co. of Des Moines, Iowa
- Westcott Engineering Co. of Chicago, Illinois (designer)
"The bridge is a good example of open spandrel type arch construction, as described in engineering textbooks published during the first quarter of the twentieth century. This type of bridge construction is labor-intensive, and this design would not be considered cost effective or competitive in today's market place. The bridge setting is prominent and highly visible from adjacent commercial, public and park areas."

Jean P. Yearby, HAER, 1985

Length of largest span: 97.8 ft.
Total length: 483.9 ft.
Deck width: 48.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.96639, -85.67611   (decimal degrees)
42°57'59" N, 85°40'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/607967/4757932 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Grand Rapids West
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
MINBI 414278400154B01 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 05186 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 37181 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 78.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 23, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • August 14, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

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