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Main Street-East Branch Little Muskegon Bridge (Replacement)


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Beam bridge over E Br Little Muskegon on M-20
Mecosta, Mecosta County, Michigan
Open to traffic
Built 2000
Span length: 53.2 ft.
Total length: 53.2 ft.
Deck width: 37.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.62211, -85.23057   (decimal degrees)
43°37'20" N, 85°13'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/642760/4831424 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
MINEW 06748 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 86586 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 93.1 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 2, 2019: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein


Main Street-East Branch Little Muskegon Bridge (Replacement)
Posted December 14, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


This isnt a historic bridge so appearance probably wasn't a major concern. For historic bridges we would expect to see MDOT use a 2 tube rail, or perhaps an R4 Retrofit if that railing type was present. For concrete balustrades used from 1927 to 1932, those can sometimes be replaced in kind. The balustrade railing on this bridge is not a replica its basically a Texas Rail.

Main Street-East Branch Little Muskegon Bridge (Replacement)
Posted December 10, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Who thought this was a good idea, the "median"-style railings in addition to the modern-style balustrades?

This seems to be an early example of use of the latter, and I can see why there's two railing types there; there's a sidewalk on one side. But the median railings ruin any attempt at aesthetics here.

I mean, we're already not fans of UCEBs to begin with - but this is another example of sticking out like a sore thumb even among those.