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Woodward Avenue Bridge


West Front

Photo taken by Carla Anderson for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #310233


This is one of three similar bridges designed to carry a major north-south arterial street over the Davison Limited Highway. The hinged, reinforced concrete, rigid-framed bridge design permitted maximum underclearance without raising the grade of the crossing street. Because this bridge also carried a double-track streetcar line, along with automobile traffic, a two-span design was used, resulting in a stronger bridge than those at the other crossing over the Davison. This bridge has a series of retaining walls built to allow for the construction and four sets of stairs to the depressed roadway below.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Lost Concrete rigid frame bridge over Davison Freeway on Woodward Avenue
Highland Park, Wayne County, Michigan
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1942; Replacd 1996
- William J. Storen Co. of Detroit, Michigan
Concrete rigid frame
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.40339, -83.09563   (decimal degrees)
42°24'12" N, 83°05'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/327541/4696692 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Highland Park
Inventory number
BH 65007 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 24, 2014: Added by Dave King


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  • HAER MI-103-E - Davison Freeway, Woodward Avenue Bridge, Spanning Davison Freeway, Highland Park, Wayne County, MI