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Lafayette Avenue Bridge

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Carries  M-13 / M-84
Locale  Bay City, Michigan
Location  Bay City
Added to NRHP  30 November 1999
Crosses  Saginaw River
Opened  1938
Body of water  Saginaw River
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Official name  Lafayette Avenue Bridge
Maintained by  Michigan Department of Transportation
Design  Girder Bridge (West Bridge) Bascule bridge (East Bridge)
Bridge type  Bascule bridge, Girder bridge
Similar  Bascule bridge, Veterans Memorial Bridge, Saginaw River, Liberty Bridge, Independence Bridge

The Lafayette Avenue Bridge, formerly listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Bay City Bascule Bridge, is a set of two small bridges located in Bay City, Michigan. It carries M-13 and M-84 over the Saginaw River. It is maintained by the Michigan Department of Transportation, and is currently the oldest of Bay City's four modern drawbridges. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 30, 1999, but was removed from the Register in 2015.

Heading east, the first bridge carries M-13/M-84 from the western shore of the river to Middle Ground Island. The second bridge, a small drawbridge carries the road from the island to the eastern shore of the river. M-13/M-84 is known as Salzburg Avenue on the west side of the river, and Lafayette Avenue on the east, which is where the bridge's name comes from.

History

The Lafayette Avenue Bridge replaced an earlier bridge built at the same location in 1876. This bridge was condemned in 1934, and a temporary pontoon swing bridge was immediately installed at the site. The City of Bay City began surveying the condition of its bridges in 1936 and developed a plan to replace the Lafayette Avenue Bridge and rehabilitate the Belinda Street and Cass Avenue Bridges. However, funding was scarce as the country was in the midst of the Great Depression, though funding would eventually come through the Public Works Administration, part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. The current Lafayette Avenue Bridge was completed and opened in 1938. It became the city's southernmost bridge over the Saginaw River in 1955 after the removal of the Cass Avenue Bridge.

References

Lafayette Avenue Bridge Wikipedia


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