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Half Road Bridge

   


Half Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Luke Gordon

Bridge Documented: August 1, 2005, November 26, 2005, and May 2011
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Half Road Over North Branch Macon Creek
Location
Rural: Monroe County, Michigan
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1910 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
36.7 Feet (11.2 Meters)
Structure Length
41 Feet (12.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
14 Feet (4.3 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
58304A00022B010

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This Bridge Is In Storage!

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This bridge is one of several small pony truss bridges that were abandoned in place in Monroe County. This bridge was built in 1910, according to the national bridge inventory, and retains original lattice guardrails. V-lacing is on vertical members. The deck is wooden. This bridge was very overgrown. The southwest endpost of the bridge had a small tree growing through it! The tree started on the ground outside the bridge, passed up inside the endposts, through a part of the lattice railings, and up toward the light above bridge! The bridge sat on stone abutments, although the southern abutment had been significantly reconstructed in concrete to the point where the southern abutment was essentially a concrete abutment, although the stone appeared to remain behind the concrete. This bridge had not been maintained for a long time, and as a result this bridge was in danger of collapse.

In order to save this bridge from continuing deterioration which would inevitably lead to collapse, HistoricBridges.org and Bach Ornamental and Structural Steel, got together and with the support of the Monroe County Road Commission, worked together to develop and execute a project to remove this and four other similar abandoned and deteriorated truss bridges in the county and place them into storage, ready for future restoration and reuse. The project was done without cost to the county, and HistoricBridges.org and Bach Ornamental and Structural Steel intend to recoup costs by restoring the truss bridges and selling them as like-new historic bridges to new owners.

 Prior to being rescued and placed into storage for future restoration, the Half Road Bridge was in extreme danger of collapse due to severe section loss on the vertical members. Some vertical members were completely severed by section loss at the bottom chord connections.

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