Veterans Memorial Bridge (Bay City, Michigan)

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Veterans Memorial Bridge
Veterans Memorial Bridge, Bay City, Michigan (7 July 2007).jpg
Coordinates 43°35′46.65″N 83°53′37.02″W / 43.5962917°N 83.8936167°W / 43.5962917; -83.8936167
Carries M-25
Crosses Saginaw River
Locale Bay City, Michigan
Official name Veterans Memorial Bridge
Maintained by Michigan Department of Transportation
Characteristics
Design Bascule bridge
Total length 916 Feet
History
Opened 1957
Statistics
Toll None

The Veterans Memorial Bridge is a drawbridge located in Bay City, Michigan. It carries State Highway M-25 over the Saginaw River. Its location is just south of Wenona Park (on the east side of the river), and Veteran's Park (on the west side).

History[edit]

The Veterans Memorial Bridge opened in 1957, the same year as the Mackinac Bridge. It was also Bay City's first four-lane bridge.[1] The bridge was built to carry a rerouted section of M-25 (which was also concurrent with U.S. Route 23 Business (US 23 Bus.) up until 1960) over the Saginaw River. These route designations previously crossed the river a short distance north on the Third Street Bridge.[2] Despite the reroute, the Third Street Bridge would remain in service until its collapse in 1976 and would be physically replaced by the Liberty Bridge.[3]

The Veterans Memorial Bridge was temporarily closed to road traffic on July 7, 2012, for the Bay City Fireworks Festival. Over 5,000 shells were launched from the surface of the bridge in celebration of Independence Day.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bay County Historical Events Time Line". Bay Journal. 
  2. ^ "M-25". Michigan Highways. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Younkman, Tim (3 June 2011). "Bay City changed forever the day the Third Street Bridge broke". M Live. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "50th annual Bay City fireworks display goes out with a bang, wows crowd". 

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