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Fort Street Bridge

Fort Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Luke Gordon

Bridge Documented: June 15, 2003 and July 9, 2005

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Fort Street Over Power Canal
Sault Ste. Marie: Chippewa County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1902 By Builder/Contractor: New Castle Bridge Company of New Castle, Indiana

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
232 Feet (70.71 Meters)
Structure Length
234 Feet (71.32 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
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Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

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This bridge is in storage!

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This Bridge Is In Storage Pending Relocation and Restoration In Ashmun Bay Park

This is an extremely rare pinned Pennsylvania highway truss bridge and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is only one other Pennsylvania truss bridge in Michigan, the CR-510 bridge. Pennsylvania truss bridges are generally quite stunning, due to the complex arrangement of members. This Fort Street bridge is no exception. In its original location, original lattice guardrails were present on the bridge, and a wooden deck was present. Extensive V-lacing on many parts of the bridge add to the visual qualities of the structure.

This bridge was replaced in 2005, but the historic bridge was carefully match-marked, dismantled, and placed into storage in a secure location. The plan was to quickly get the bridge restored and moved to a new location in the city. The place being considered was a park called Ashmun Bay Park as shown in this diagram. Unfortunately, this has not yet panned out and as of 2014, no restoration has occurred. It was originally planned to be completed between 2010 and 2014. As long as the parts of the bridge remain in storage, there is no reason why the bridge could not still be restored either now or in the future. Given the great beauty and high significance of this bridge it is hoped that this bridge will eventually be restored and re-erected. Wherever it is placed it would be a positive asset and area attraction.


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