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23 Mile Road–Kalamazoo River Bridge
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Coordinates 42°16′06″N 84°50′52″W / 42.26827°N 84.84769°W / 42.26827; -84.84769Coordinates: 42°16′06″N 84°50′52″W / 42.26827°N 84.84769°W / 42.26827; -84.84769
Characteristics
Total length 60 feet (18 m)
Width 25.6 feet (7.8 m)
Longest span 60 feet (18 m)
Number of spans 1
History
Construction cost $10,353
23 Mile Road–Kalamazoo River Bridge
Built 1922
NRHP reference No. 99001611
Added to NRHP December 22, 1999

The 23 Mile Road–Kalamazoo River Bridge is a curved-chord through-girder bridge in Marengo Township, Michigan, that carries 23 Mile Road over the Kalamazoo River. Built in 1922, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

History

Prior to construction of the concrete structure, the river was spanned by another bridge at this location, presumably of a steel truss design. The new bridge was planned in January 1922 by the Michigan State Highway Department. Calhoun County subsequently built the structure as a State Reward Bridge. Mead Brothers of Battle Creek served as contractor in dismantling the previous span and building the new bridge. Construction cost $10,353.

The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 22, 1999. It was eligible as one of the oldest examples of its design and for its well-preserved state. The 12 Mile Road–Kalamazoo River Bridge, also in Calhoun County, was added the same day.

Design

The bridge is oriented north–south and located about .25 miles (0.40 km) south of Marengo in a rural area. The bridge has a curved-chord through-girder design, a style developed by the Michigan State Highway Department in the early 1920s. The bridge consists of a single 60-foot-long (18 m) span. The girders, which also serve as railings, have a curved top surface and, along the sides, have elliptical recesses with six smaller recesses within. The corner posts have squared caps and bases to which are attached Armco guard rails. The northwest corner post bears a bridge plate.

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