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Bruce Highway Bridge

   


Bruce Highway Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: 2005
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Bruce Highway Over Black Creek
Location
Rural: Lenawee County, Michigan
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1910 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
63 Feet (19.2 Meters)
Structure Length
63 Feet (19.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
13 Feet (4 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
46313A00029B010

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This is a four-panel half-hip pony truss. It features a jack-arch deck design. This bridge has a listed construction date of 1910 which may be a guess date and inaccurate. However, because of the jack-arch deck the bridge does appear to be a 1900-1910 bridge since that deck type was popular in Michigan during this time. This bridge is an interesting comparison to the Card Road Bridge in Macomb County, which is a Warren pony truss with riveted connections. At 77 feet in length, it is a bit longer, but guardrails, deck and general feel of the bridge are similar. Card Road was also listed as having been built in 1910. As such, it is a pretty straightforward pinned versus riveted comparison in regards to connection type. The 1900-1910 period was one of transition from pin connections to riveted connections. Thus, the Bruce Highway Bridge would represent the old method, while the Card Road Bridge would have been more cutting edge for the time.

Technical issues aside, this is a nice looking bridge hidden away in a very secluded natural area. The road leading up to it is seasonal at best. It would be nice to see this bridge restored in place for pedestrian use and a nature trail made here. Instead this bridge sits, slowly rusting away forgotten by all. The bridge would also be a good candidate to relocate, restore, and reuse as a trail bridge in a different location.

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