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Unlike some states, Michigan's Department of Transportation does not offer a website showing historic bridges that are available, or potentially available, for relocation and reuse by a third party such as a trails organization. HistoricBridges.org has therefore taken the initiative and created this page which lists bridges which are potentially available for reuse. Bridges that are slated for replacement can often be arranged for a transfer of ownership as part of the replacement project. Counties are often also willing to donate bridges that are permanently abandoned, since the county no longer plans to use the bridges. A select few additional bridges are already dismantled and in storage, awaiting a new owner and reuse. HistoricBridges.org has rounded up all of these potentially available bridges into the list below. As a private website with no government affiliation, HistoricBridges.org cannot guarantee the availability or terms under which a bridge may be available.

Organizations or individuals interested in acquiring a bridge should contact the owner agency, such as the associated county road commission to learn more. HistoricBridges.org may be able to assist with finding the appropriate contact information. Also, the County Road Association of Michigan maintains a directory here.

Learn about the benefits of reusing a historic bridge on a trail system here and view a list of example historic metal truss bridges which have been reused for non-motorized facilities.

Like any bridge, historic or modern, span length requirements, available funds, project schedule, and desired appearance can all play a role in determining which bridge is best suited for the job. HistoricBridges.org may be able to offer some initial guidance in this area. Michigan also has several other privately owned bridges as well as some additional bridges in storage not listed here that may be available as well. If you do not see what you are looking for, please contact us at HistoricBridges.org and we can help you find a bridge that meets your needs. We can also guide you toward fabricators and engineers who specialize in relocating and restoring these bridges, and can also provide sample restoration plans including details such as railing systems that meet safety requirements but go well with the appearance of a historic metal truss bridge.

Also note that for tight budgets or reasons of appearance, a number of these bridges can function without paint, where instead linseed oil can protect the weathered rusty color of a bridges. On the other end of the spectrum, applying the English tradition of using multiple bright colors on bridges to the intricate details of these truss bridges as computer rendered here, or as done on an American style truss in England, would break free from American tradition and create an eye-catching and truly unique icon for a trail.

Special Bridge Conditions Legend
! Bridge At Risk For Demolition or Collapse
S The bridge is in storage and available for reuse.
Note: This website cannot guarantee the current condition of any bridge on this website. Bridges lacking these icons should not necessarily be considered condition-free.

Potentially Available Bridges Listed: 41

 Bridge Name Facility Carried / Feature Intersected LocationStructure Type Structure DimensionsConstruction Date / Builder or Contractor DescriptionThumbnail
10 Mile Road Bridge
10 Mile Road Over Charlotte River Rural: Chippewa County, Michigan Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 51.8 ft
Main Span Length: 50.9 ft
Roadway Width: 16.1 ft
Main Spans: 1
1914 By: Minneapolis Bridge Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota A rare example of a lightweight style pony truss.Click to visit page.
120th Avenue Bridge
120th Avenue Over Little Muskegon River Rural: Mecosta County, Michigan Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 62 ft
Main Span Length: 61 ft
Roadway Width: 16 ft
Main Spans: 1
1897 By: Unknown This abandoned truss is in decent condition and is an early example of a truss with riveted connections.Click to visit page.
22 1/2 Mile Road Bridge
22 1/2 Mile Road Over St. Joseph River Rural: Calhoun County, Michigan Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed Total Length: 90 ft
Main Span Length: 89 ft
Roadway Width: 15 ft
Main Spans: 1
1906 By: Elkhart Bridge and Iron Company of Elkhart, Indiana A rare example of a Michigan through truss with riveted connection... plus this bridge is still open to traffic!Click to visit page.
X 27 Mile Road Bridge
27 Mile Road Over North Branch Clinton River Rural: Macomb County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Half-Hip Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 58.7 ft
Main Span Length: 57.7 ft
Roadway Width: 13.5 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Unknown A nice classic Pratt pony truss that is rusting away.Click to visit page.
X 28 Mile Road Bridge
28 Mile Road Over North Branch Clinton River Rural: Macomb County, Michigan Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Half-Hip Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 65 ft
Main Span Length: 63 ft
Roadway Width: 16.4 ft
Main Spans: 1
1928 By: Unknown A strange, simply designed pony truss in very bad condition.Click to visit page.
6 Mile Creek Road Bridge
West Haven Bridge
6 Mile Creek Road Over Shiawassee River Rural: Shiawassee County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed Total Length: 132 ft
Main Span Length: 128 ft
Roadway Width: 16 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Morse Bridge Company of Youngstown, Ohio With its beautiful and unusual portal bracing design, this bridge is among Michigan's finest bridges.Click to visit page.
Bell Road Bridge
Dover Mill Bridge
Bell Road Over Huron River Dover: Washtenaw County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed Total Length: 108 ft
Main Span Length: 104 ft
Roadway Width: 13 ft
Main Spans: 1
1891 By: Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio This structure was moved off its abutments with plans for restoration, which never were completed.Click to visit page.
X Black Bridge
Haze Road Bridge
Haze Road Over Betsie River Rural: Benzie County, Michigan Metal Rivet-Connected Double-Intersection Warren Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 55.8 ft
Main Span Length: 54.8 ft
Roadway Width: 15 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Unknown This is the only remaining truss bridge in the county, and is in danger of collapse.Click to visit page.
Bruce Highway Bridge
Bruce Highway Over Black Creek Rural: Lenawee County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Half-Hip Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 63 ft
Main Span Length: 63 ft
Roadway Width: 13 ft
Main Spans: 1
1910 By: Unknown This secluded, pony truss is of decent length and is a very nice looking bridge.Click to visit page.
! Card Road Bridge
Card Road Over North Branch Clinton River Rural: Macomb County, Michigan Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 81 ft
Main Span Length: 76.8 ft
Roadway Width: 16.4 ft
Main Spans: 1
1910 By: Unknown This beautiful bridge, filled with history and memories, today facing demolition!Click to visit page.
S Carlton Bridge
New Lebanon Road (PA-1015) Over French Creek Carlton: Mercer County, Pennsylvania Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed Total Length: 276 ft
Main Span Length: 137 ft
Roadway Width: 16.4 ft
Main Spans: 2
1888 By: Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio A stunning Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio bridge, showcasing some of their unique, unusual design ideas.Click to visit page.
! Cole Road Bridge
Cole Road Over Fitts Creek Rural: Lenawee County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Half-Hip Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 40 ft
Main Span Length: 38.7 ft
Roadway Width: 16 ft
Main Spans: 1
1897 By: Unknown This small and charming bridge sits overgrown and on the verge of collapse.Click to visit page.
Copps Mine Road Bridge
Copps Mine Road Over Presque Isle River Rural: Gogebic County, Michigan Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Full-Slope Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 70 ft
Main Span Length: 68 ft
Roadway Width: 12 ft
Main Spans: 1
1906 By: Unknown An attractive pony truss is buried back on this rural road, rewarding all who venture down the road.Click to visit page.
S Frith Road Bridge
Fitzgerald Road Bridge
Frith Road Over Pine River Rural: St. Clair County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Wood Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 179 ft
Main Span Length: 112 ft
Roadway Width: 16 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Unknown This attractive and historic through truss bridge was a local treasure that is now in storage awaiting relocation and reuse.Click to visit page.
X Furnace Street Bridge
Furnace Street Over River Raisin Manchester: Washtenaw County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Half-Hip Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 65 ft
Main Span Length: 65 ft
Roadway Width: 16 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Unknown This beautiful historic bridge is a potential tourist attraction, but Manchester instead wasted money fencing it off.Click to visit page.
! Goodwin Road Bridge
Goodwin Road Over Grand River Rural: Ionia County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed Total Length: 300 ft
Main Span Length: 148 ft
Roadway Width: 13.5 ft
Main Spans: 2
1909 By: Riverside Bridge Company of Martins Ferry, Ohio This large two span structure is the only known bridge in Michigan built by the Riverside Bridge Company.Click to visit page.
! Gower Road Bridge
Gower Road Over Coldwater River Rural: Branch County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Full-Slope Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 81 ft
Main Span Length: 77.8 ft
Roadway Width: 13 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Massillon Bridge Company of Massillon, Ohio A stunning example of a decent sized pin connected Pratt pony truss.Click to visit page.
S Half Road Bridge
Half Road Over North Branch Macon Creek Rural: Monroe County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Half-Hip Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 41 ft
Main Span Length: 36.7 ft
Roadway Width: 14 ft
Main Spans: 1
1910 By: Unknown This small rural pony truss was not just tucked in the trees... it had a tree growing through a part of it!Click to visit page.
Hartman Road Bridge
Hartman Road (Abandoned Section) Over Saline River Rural: Washtenaw County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Full-Slope Pony Truss, Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown This pony truss has an unusual bottom chord design.Click to visit page.
Haybridge Road Bridge
Haybridge Road Over Fawn River Rural: St. Joseph County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Half-Hip Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 54.8 ft
Main Span Length: 53.8 ft
Roadway Width: 16 ft
Main Spans: 1
1912 By: Unknown An unusual pony truss sits out in the open for people to enjoy.Click to visit page.
S Indian Trail Bridge
Radike Mills Bridge
Indian Trail Road Over Belle River Rural: St. Clair County, Michigan Metal Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 93.8 ft
Main Span Length: 88 ft
Roadway Width: 24 ft
Main Spans: 1
1937 By: Couse and Saunders of Detroit, Michigan An extremely rare and beautiful example of its type in Michigan, with a rich, documented history.Click to visit page.
S Kimpton Road Bridge
Kimpton Road Over South Branch Macon Creek Rural: Monroe County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Half-Hip Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 38.7 ft
Main Span Length: 36.7 ft
Roadway Width: 15.4 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Unknown This is a very attractive half-hip pin connected Pratt pony truss with high clearance above the creek.Click to visit page.
S Lowell Road Bridge
Lowell Road Over Looking Glass River Rural: Clinton County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed Total Length: 91 ft
Main Span Length: 91 ft
Roadway Width: 13.8 ft
Main Spans: 1
1896 By: Unknown An odd, yet stunning, through truss that will no longer beautify Clinton County.Click to visit page.
X Lynn Avenue Bridge
Lynn Avenue Over Railroad (Lehigh Valley Railroad) Bethlehem: Northampton County, Pennsylvania Metal Rivet-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed Total Length: 205 ft
Main Span Length: 200 ft
Roadway Width: 20 ft
Main Spans: 1
1928 By: Unknown This bridge is noted for its use of rolled beams and concrete encased floorbeams and bottom chord.Click to visit page.
S M-86 Bridge
M-86 Over Prairie River Rural: St. Joseph County, Michigan Metal Rivet-Connected Camelback Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 90 ft
Main Span Length: 90 ft
Roadway Width: 27 ft
Main Spans: 1
1923 By: Unknown and Michigan State Highway Department This is a good example of a 1920s pony truss built to a standard plan still serving its purpose in fair condition.Click to visit page.
Marantette Bridge
Railroad Street Bridge
Railroad Street Over St. Joseph River Mendon: St. Joseph County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed Total Length: 141 ft
Main Span Length: 139 ft
Roadway Width: 16 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Massillon Bridge Company of Massillon, Ohio This bridge deserves to be restored as it is an unaltered pin-connected Pratt truss of considerable span length.Click to visit page.
S Martin Road Bridge
Valley Mills Bridge
Martin Road Over Shiawassee River Rural: Shiawassee County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed Total Length: 118.8 ft
Main Span Length: 114.8 ft
Roadway Width: 15 ft
Main Spans: 1
1885 By: Mount Vernon Bridge Company of Mount Vernon, Ohio This ancient bridge displays remarkable beauty and historic integrity, yet is in danger of collapse!Click to visit page.
Mead Road Bridge
Mead Road Over Maple River Rural: Clinton County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed Total Length: 98.8 ft
Main Span Length: 98.8 ft
Roadway Width: 16 ft
Main Spans: 1
1907 By: Massillon Bridge Company of Massillon, Ohio This is a forgotten through truss that retains excellent historic integrity and appears to be the work of Massillon Bridge Company.Click to visit page.
S Monk Road North Bridge
Monk Road Over Middle Branch Macon Creek Rural: Monroe County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Half-Hip Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 34.8 ft
Main Span Length: 32.8 ft
Roadway Width: 15.7 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Unknown This is a very short pony truss, one of several small truss bridges from Monroe County.Click to visit page.
S Monk Road South Bridge
Monk Road Over South Branch Macon Creek Rural: Monroe County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Half-Hip Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 46 ft
Main Span Length: 44 ft
Roadway Width: 15.7 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Unknown This is one of the longest and oldest of the Monroe County highway truss bridge collection.Click to visit page.
Morseville Bridge
Burt Road Bridge
Burt Road (Old Alignment) Over Flint River Morseville: Saginaw County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 197 ft
Main Span Length: 139 ft
Roadway Width: 16 ft
Main Spans: 1
1885 By: Smith Bridge Company of Toledo, Ohio A rare, documented Michigan example of the Smith Bridge Company of Toledo, Ohio, this bridge was abandoned and bypassed by a modern structure.Click to visit page.
X Pherdon Road Private Bridge
Private Access Over South Branch Macon Creek Rural: Monroe County, Michigan Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Bedstead Pony Truss, Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown This extremely unusual bridge has inclined end posts riveted to vertical beams that support the truss like a bedstead.Click to visit page.
! Pond Eddy Bridge
All Veterans Memorial Bridge
High Road (PA-1011) Over Delaware River Rural: Sullivan County, New York and Pike County, Pennsylvania Metal Pin-Connected Pennsylvania Through Truss, Fixed Total Length: 513 ft
Main Span Length: 252 ft
Roadway Width: 14.8 ft
Main Spans: 2
1904 By: Owego Bridge Company of Owego, New York Located on one of the most beautiful stretches of river around, this bridge is going to be demolished thanks to Pennsylvania.Click to visit page.
Raymond Road Bridge
Raymond Road Over Fitts Creek Rural: Lenawee County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Half-Hip Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 34.8 ft
Main Span Length: 32.8 ft
Roadway Width: 14 ft
Main Spans: 1
1890 By: Unknown Despite being abandoned, this bridge is in decent condition, and retains integrity.Click to visit page.
S Sherman Road Bridge
Sherman Road Over North Branch Macon Creek Rural: Monroe County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Half-Hip Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 40 ft
Main Span Length: 37.7 ft
Roadway Width: 13.5 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Unknown One of several abandoned small pony truss bridges in the county, this bridge is noted for its wooden railing.Click to visit page.
S Speaker Road Bridge
Speaker Road Over South Branch Mill Creek Rural: St. Clair County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Parker Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 70 ft
Main Span Length: 66 ft
Roadway Width: 15 ft
Main Spans: 1
1908 By: Unknown One of the most important bridges in Michigan, this structure is now in storage awaiting restoration and reuse elsewhere.Click to visit page.
S Townhall Road Bridge
Grout Road Bridge
Townhall Road (Grout Road) Over South Branch Tobacco River Rural: Gladwin County, Michigan Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 67 ft
Main Span Length: 65 ft
Roadway Width: 14 ft
Main Spans: 1
1917 By: H. Stewart This truss bridge retains excellent historic integrity in a region with very few historic bridges.Click to visit page.
Verne Road Bridge
Verne Road Over Misteguay Creek Rural: Saginaw County, Michigan Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 82 ft
Main Span Length: 79.7 ft
Roadway Width: 17 ft
Main Spans: 1
1911 By: Unknown A good example of early 20th Century Michigan truss bridge construction.Click to visit page.
X Wangaum Falls Bridge
Wangum Road (TR-367) Over Middle Creek Rural: Wayne County, Pennsylvania Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 89 ft
Main Span Length: 88 ft
Roadway Width: 15.7 ft
Main Spans: 1
1903 By: Unknown Located in a breathtaking waterfall setting, demolishing and replacing this historic bridge on a one-lane road is an enormous waste.Click to visit page.
Well's Bridge
1/2 Mile Road Bridge / Marl Lake Road Bridge
Marl Lake Road (1/2 Mile Road) Over Nottawa Creek (Nottawassepee River) Rural: Branch County, Michigan and Calhoun County, Michigan Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed Total Length: 80 ft
Main Span Length: 80 ft
Roadway Width: 15 ft
Main Spans: 1
1904 By: Unknown At 80 feet, this is a rather short example of a through truss.Click to visit page.
Wirtz Road Bridge
Wirtz Road Over Sugar River Rural: Gladwin County, Michigan Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss, Fixed Total Length: 50 ft
Main Span Length: 48 ft
Roadway Width: 12.8 ft
Main Spans: 1
1920 By: Unknown A regionally rare example of a metal truss bridge, this structure is abandoned and overgrown.Click to visit page.

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