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Cole Road Bridge

Cole Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: 2005
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Cole Road Over Fitts Creek
Rural: Lenawee County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1897 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
38.7 Feet (11.8 Meters)
Structure Length
40 Feet (12.19 Meters)
Roadway Width
16 Feet (4.88 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This Bridge's Future Is At Risk!

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This bridge is in danger of collapse!

This bridge is a half-hip pratt pony truss with pinned connections. The bridge has three panels. It sits on stone abutments, which are falling apart. V-lacing is present on vertical members. Lattice guardrails are present on the bridge. The deck is wood. Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory gave an 1897 construction date, and a 39 foot span length.

This bridge is at risk for collapse. First, the south truss has dropped a half foot because the stone abutment at that spot of falling away. Second, you can wiggle this southern truss with little effort. Despite this condition, the bridge remains a charming little treasure hidden away and overgrown on a closed road. It is a pity that this bridge was never relocated and preserved, perhaps as a trail bridge for pedestrians somewhere.

The floor beams are in good condition overall, but evidence of heavy section loss and pack rust can be seen all over. Pack rust has broken the splice plate on the tops of the endposts off, and that classic ribbed appearance that the top chord cover plate gets when it is badly rusted is highly evident on this bridge. The condition of the bridge is quite a contrast to the much better looking Raymond Road Bridge which is a mere half mile north of this bridge.


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