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Dexter-Pinckney Road Bridge

Dexter-Pinckney Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 2008

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Dexter-Pinckney Road Over Portage Lake Canal
Rural: Washtenaw County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1920 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
46 Feet (14.02 Meters)
Structure Length
50 Feet (15.24 Meters)
Roadway Width
23 Feet (7.01 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This Bridge No Longer Exists!

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This bridge was demolished and replaced in 2009.

Appropriately located about 3 miles southeast of Hell (Michigan) which is right where the road commission sent this crumbling concrete girder bridge!

This bridge was once an attractive example of a utilitarian bridge design that Michigan built for shorter crossings during the late 1910s and into the 1920s. Today it is a sorry sight with extreme spalling destroying the simple beauty that this bridge's girders once displayed in the form of simple accents such as shapes of inset rectangles. The bridge is a blatant reminder of the cost (both money and history) of using salt to de-ice roads. Despite numerous de-icing alternatives that are non-corrosive and are also friendlier to the environment, most places continue to use salt to de-ice roads during Michigan's winter season, which often seems to be an endless season of snow and clouds.

Compared to other surviving bridges of this type in the state, the bridge is a relatively long example of a straight-chord girder span in Michigan.

It is unfortunate that this bridge is in such poor shape, as it is in a very scenic location and if it could be restored it would have looked quite nice where it is.


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