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Aitken Road Bridge

Aitken Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 22, 2005

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Aitken Road Over Black River
Location
Rural: Sanilac County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1950 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
63 Feet (19.2 Meters)
Structure Length
128 Feet (39.01 Meters)
Roadway Width
20 Feet (6.1 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
74315H00011B010

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

This bridge was demolished in August, 2005.

Although this bridge had a very low degree of historic significance and aesthetic value, it was more interesting than its replacement structure. Although the date given for this bridge in the inventory is 1950, the concrete pier, and apparent remnants of metal pole railings suggest that this bridge might have been older, or was built to a non-standard plan. This old steel stringer bridge was noted for very large and unusual piers. However the loss of the original railings was a serious detriment to the beauty and historic significance of the structure. However, new bridge/slab, that replaced this bridge also has ugly guardrails, and it has only concrete to form a support system, rather than impressive large steel i-beams. Moreover, the new bridge lacks the large and unusual concrete piers that once distinguished the previous bridge. Considering the condition of this bridge prior to replacement, I see know reason why it could not have been restored, if only to save taxpayer money. The evaluation of the bridge prior to demolition had found the condition of the superstructure and deck to be "fair" and the substructure to be in "satisfactory" condition. These sorts of conditions suggest repair might have been the wiser course of action, and in fact less costly.

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