Kalamazoo Bridge


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Kalamazoo Street Bridge

Kalamazoo Street Bridge at Michigan Ave

The first bridge erected in the city limits of Lansing was over the Red Cedar River, on what is now Cedar St. The bridge was built of logs between the years 1840 and 1842. The bridge was carried away by high waters in the spring of 1852 and rebuilt the same year. In 1866 a covered lattice bridge was built in its place.

The flood of 1904 washed the Kalamazoo Street Bridge downstream where it wedged under the Michigan Avenue Bridge. The ironic aspect of the disaster was that the Kalamazoo Street Bridge was the original Michigan Avenue Bridge from 1871-1893 until it was replaced by the new Michigan Avenue Bridge in 1893. The steel structure of the bridge was then moved to Kalamazoo Street. After the flood, the Kalamazoo Street Bridge was salvaged and erected again at Kalamazoo Street, where it stood until its replacement in 1925.

The 1926 Kalamazoo Street Bridge was an open-spandrel concrete arch bridge, 53 feet wide and 519 feet in length. The three main spans, each approximately 100 feet long, carry the bridge over the Grand River, while six shorter spans comprise the approaches. This structure was built in 1926 by the Koss Construction Company of Des Moines, Iowa under the supervision of the City Engineer, Otto E. Eckert. This bridge was replaced by the current bridge in ____________.