St. Johns Bridge
Backstory and Context
The bridge has also 53 lights on each side. It's wingspan of 1,207 feet was the longest west of Detroit when it was completed. In 1928 voters approved a 4.25 million bond to help pay for the bridge's construction. The total cost wound up being $7.69 million.
The bridge, which came about by public demand, took two years to complete and now has about 23,000 vehicles across it every day. The opening of the bridge began with a parade that included an elephant.
The St. John's Bridge has received millions of dollars in repairs and upgrades through the years. It has received new paint, new concrete decks, a new drainage system, new metal rails, new lighting and new waterproof cables.