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Narrows Road Bridge

Narrows Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: 2007

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Narrows Road Over Coldwater River
Location
Rural: Branch County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1939 By Builder/Contractor: F. Yeager Bridge and Culvert Works of Port Huron, Michigan
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
59.7 Feet (18.2 Meters)
Structure Length
119.8 Feet (36.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
20 Feet (6.1 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
12200029000B010

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This bridge was demolished and replaced in 2009!

This is a beam bridge that utilizes a Michigan State Highway Department standard railing design that often showed up on Michigan's Parker truss bridges of the 1920s and 1930s. Few bridges remain today with this railing design. Although an example of a common structure type, this bridge is important because of its railings, which in addition to being uncommon today, are also original and unmodified. Original Branch County Road Commission Plaques credit F. Yeager Bridge and Culvert Works as steel fabricators. The bridge is a three span structure and sits on concrete abutments and steel bent piers similar to those on Fergus Road.

While not of any outstanding historic significance, bridges like this one are more attractive than their modern replacements. Also, even as a fairly common structure type, they remain as a link to the past. This bridge is a good example of why transportation funding reform at the state and federal level is important. With current funding, it makes sense for the county to simply not maintain this bridge and then do a complete replacement. In other words, it is not sensible for them to spend money... your money... maintaining bridges, even though proper maintenance tends to cost less money in the long run. A bridge like the Narrows Road Bridge, is in decent condition, but could do with a rehabilitation project to ensure it continues to serve traffic and also retain historic integrity. The Narrows Road Bridge would have benefited from such changes in our government's transportation policy. To learn how you can help, visit Turning the Tide.


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