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Kilburn Road Bridge

Kilburn Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 23, 2005

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Kilburn Road Over Plum Creek
Rural: St. Clair County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1922 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
24 Feet (7 Meters)
Structure Length
27 Feet (8 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.32 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge no longer exists!

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This bridge was demolished and replaced in 2011!

Although this is a small bridge, it appears to retain a great deal of integrity. Despite its small size, this bridge is in better physical condition than the other bridges built with this particular railing design, such as the Masters Road Bridge. The Kilburn Bridge is according to the bridge inventory, much older than Masters Road. The Kilburn Road Bridge was built in 1922, while the Masters Road Bridge was a depression-era construction effort.

The setting of this bridge in the small wooded valley cut by Plum Creek makes this an attractive bridge in a pretty place.

The St. Clair County Road Commission once stated that "trees kill people" as justification for excessive tree removal along road right-of-way. The author of this website having lived in St. Clair County for 18 years never encountered St. Clair County's Trees of Death, nor was an attack by a tree ever witnessed. However, St. Clair County Road Commission does seem to hate trees. Other counties have trees along the road, like Emmet County, which is home to the "tunnel of trees." The below photos showing this bridge's ugly replacement shows that the attractive old bridge was not the only casualty. The area is almost unrecognizable, the entire area immediately around the bridge completely devoid of so much as a shrub.

Photo Credit: St. Clair County Road Commission


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