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Gibraltar Rd. / Waterway Canal

mdot historic bridges wayne county Gibralter Rd. / Waterway Canal


County: Wayne

City/Township: Gibraltar

Location: Gibraltar Rd. / Waterway Canal

Year Built: 1932

About this Bridge:
The Gibraltar Road Bridge is eligible for the National Register for the aesthetic quality of the cantilevered concrete T-beam design. It is also eligible as a noteworthy product of the Wayne County Road Commission. When the county paved Gibraltar Road in the early 1930s, it erected several new bridges along the route, including a reinforced-concrete cantilevered-arch span over a local canal. The 1931-1932 annual report of the Wayne County Road Commissioners noted that "this low sweeping arch bridge is in keeping with its surroundings and is one of the features which make Gibraltar Road so attractive." Plans for the bridge (#403), prepared under the supervision of chief designer F.H. Chapin, are retained by the Wayne County Department of Public Works. The bridge is an excellent example of the attractive and creative designs developed by the Wayne County Road Commission.