Pine Island Drive Bridge


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The Pine Island Drive Bridge is a rare Michigan example of a reinforced concrete rainbow arch bridge. A type of through arch design. this bridge, built between 1922 and 1924, replaced a steel truss bridge. The low river banks at the crossing of the Rouge River required the supporting trusses to be raised above the bed of the one-hundred-foot span, giving the bridge its unusual form. Designed by Michigan State Highway Department bridge engineer Charles Melick, PE, and constructed by Zeeland contractor Peter Brill, it was described at the time as "beautiful in line" and built by a "master bridge engineer."
 

Photo courtesy Pam Barr

Registered Site L2241
Erected 2012

Location: Pine Island Drive north of 10 mile
Algoma Twp, Kent County

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