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The MacArthur Bridge is a bridge that spans the Detroit River between Detroit, Michigan and Belle Isle. The bridge, which features nineteen total arches across 2,193 feet (668 m), provides main access to Belle Isle. Completed in 1923 for $2,635,000 USD, it replaced an iron bridge with wooden decking that accidentally caught fire and was destroyed in 1915. The bridge, popularly known as the Belle Isle Bridge, was originally named the George Washington Bridge and later renamed the Douglas MacArthur Bridge after General Douglas MacArthur in 1942. It was restored in 1986 at a cost of $11.5 million.[1]

MacArthur Bridge
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Coordinates 42°20′33″N 82°59′55″W / 42.3425°N 82.9985°W / 42.3425; -82.9985Coordinates: 42°20′33″N 82°59′55″W / 42.3425°N 82.9985°W / 42.3425; -82.9985
Carries5 lanes of East Grand Blvd.
CrossesDetroit River
LocaleDetroit, Michigan and Belle Isle Park
Official nameDouglas MacArthur Bridge
Other name(s)Belle Isle Bridge
DesignArch bridge
Total length2,193 feet (668 m)
Width85 feet (26 m)
Clearance below30 feet (9 m)
OpenedNovember 1, 1923

In 1913, William Edmund Scripps (of the Scripps publishing family), flew a Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company flying boat underneath the original Belle Isle Bridge.[2]

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  Media related to MacArthur Bridge (Detroit River) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 42°20′33.0″N 82°59′54.5″W / 42.342500°N 82.998472°W / 42.342500; -82.998472

  1. ^ "The day it stopped being the Belle Isle Bridge". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
  2. ^ "Douglas MacArthur Bridge — Historic Detroit". Retrieved 2016-12-02.