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River Rouge Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge

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River Rouge Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: March 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Norfolk Southern) Over River Rouge
Detroit: Wayne County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1921 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
162 Feet (49.38 Meters)
Structure Length
291 Feet (88.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
30 Feet (9.14 Meters)
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Photo Credit: Richard H. Scheel 

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This bridge is nearly impossible to get to except by boat. It is a bascule bridge that utilizes a complex counterweight that moves to adjust the weight as the bridge raises and lowers, a patented design called the Abt Bascule bridge. It is among the rarest bascule bridge types in the country. Michigan has three examples, perhaps the highest population of the type in any one state.

The bridge was built by the American Bridge Company as are the other two Abt bascule bridges in Michigan, in Saginaw and Port Huron. View the page for the bridge in Port Huron for a full history and discussion of the Abt type of bascule bridge and a more complete photo-documentation of this unusual movable bridge type.


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