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Monroe CSX Railroad Bridge

   


Monroe CSX Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Luke Gordon

Bridge Documented: August 1, 2005
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (CSX) Over River Raisin
Location
Monroe: Monroe County, Michigan
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1911 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
165 Feet (50.3 Meters)
Structure Length
330 Feet (100.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
30 Feet (9.1 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

Monroe has three railroad truss bridges, and although this is the shortest of them with two spans instead of three, it is no less impressive. This bridge is a two-span warren through truss with riveted connections. Composed of six panels, it carries two active railroad tracks on its deck. A broken plaque identifies the American Bridge Company as the builder. Sadly, the date portion of the plaque was part of the broken portion of the plaque. However the construction date is 1911 as documented by a Historic American Engineering Record survey conducted many years ago. The survey also mentioned that this bridge, which is a CSX bridge today was originally a Pere Marquette line.

This bridge is traditionally composed with built-up beams that have extensive v-lacing and lattice. The portal bracing on this bridge is attractive, with a heavy lattice design, complimented with a curved shape on the portal bracing knees. The bridge sits on stone abutments which have been repaired. The pier may be stone also, but concrete covers it now. The substructure dates to a previous bridge at this location which was built in 1896. Views of the bridge can be had from a highway bridge east of the railroad bridge, as well as from beside the bridge near the riverbank. The bridge has a relatively recent coat of black paint; meaning there is more paint than rust on the bridge.

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