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Genesee Avenue Bridge (Replacement)



Steel stringer bridge over Saginaw River on Genesee Avenue
Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan
Open to traffic
Built 1973
Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 111.9 ft.
Total length: 475.1 ft.
Deck width: 51.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.43357, -83.94079   (decimal degrees)
43°26'01" N, 83°56'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/261987/4813165 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
MINEW 09446 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 87452 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2016)
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: 78.1 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 13, 2019: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 11, 2019: New Street View added by Mike Kerkau

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Genesee Avenue Bridge (Replacement)
Posted December 12, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

So, the timeline should now reflect:

The first bridge lasted from 1864-October 28, 1885 after it partially collapsed.

The second bridge lasted from 1886-1904 before being moved upriver to Sixth Street.

The third bridge, and first of two bascules, lasted from 1905-1938.

The fourth bridge, and second bascule, lasted from 1938-1973. Somewhere close to 1973, I believe the city consciously chose to end commercial shipping traffic on the river, at least past a certain point. It's why both this current span and the one over Johnson Street, just north of here, are fixed spans now.

Kind of a bizarre twist of fate that, of the five Genesee bridges, this current one is the one that's lasted the longest.