|Name:||CONRAIL over EDSEL FORD SERVICE DR|
|Location:||E OF FOURTEENTH|
|Purpose:||Carries railroad over highway|
|Route classification:||Local (Urban) |
|Length of largest span:||51.8 ft. [15.8 m]|
|Total length:||108.9 ft. [33.2 m]|
|Main span material:||Steel |
|Main span design:||Girder and floorbeam system |
The CORRECT coordinates for this bridge are:
The given (incorrect) position was for a railroad bridge over the Ford Freeway proper, just east of Twelfth Street. It was built during the early 1950s (when the freeway was built). The ten-track railroad yard carried by this bridge crossed Edsel Ford Service Drive at grade. NOT overhead. The yard extended southward through what is now a parking lot for school busses. The stub-ended yard may have extended as far south as Warren Avenue, but Putnam Avenue is more than likely as far south as it ever went.
Years after the railroad yard was abandoned, the massive bridge girders were removed. The concrete abutments on both sides of the freeway were left in place - some of the light fixtures that once illuminated the underpass are still there, but might not still work.