This bridge is an excellent example of a straight chord through girder in Michigan. Because it is located on old alignment for a trunk line road, and the road is a dirt road, this bridge has never seen corrosive winter deicing salts. As such the girders are in great shape and the majority of the girder, in particular the portions facing the roadway, have all their architectural detailing intact and unmarred. As such, the bridge is a particularly noteworthy example of its type, and because of this, its preservation should be considered.
Despite this significance, the county road commission wants to demolish and replace this bridge. For the sake of historic preservation as well as fiscal responsibility, the maintenance and rehabilitation of this bridge should instead be considered. The bridge is not currently posted for any weight limit, and rehabilitation could keep the bridge unposted. The 24 foot wide deck width is more than sufficient for the rural road it is located on.
Further west down this same road is a beautiful example of a 60 foot curved chord through girder. As such, these two bridges form a group of historic resources, and make an excellent comparison between the two approaches to concrete girder construction in Michigan.
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