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Chapman Road Bridge

Chapman Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: Spring 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Chapman Road Over Deer Creek
Rural: Macomb County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1910 By Builder/Contractor: Illinois Bridge Company of Chicago, Illinois

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
40 Feet (12 Meters)
Structure Length
46 Feet (14 Meters)
Roadway Width
16 Feet (4.88 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

Bridge Status: Demolished and replaced.

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

View HAER Documentation For The Demolished, Similar Bridges: 24 Mile Road and 24 Mile Road Overflow

HAER Data Pages, PDF (24 Mile Road Bridge)

HAER Data Pages, PDF (24 Mile Road Overflow Bridge)

This bridge is a concrete arch bridge of medium size located on a short dirt road. It's intact original concrete guardrails feature an outlined rectangle shape inscribed on them. It is a one-lane bridge. It is listed in the historic bridge inventory as being built in 1910.

The bridge is in good condition, but is in need of some attention to stay in good condition. Part of the bridge's abutments which also hold up a section of guardrail appear to be tipping back, pulling a small section of guardrail with them. The bridge's arch has been patched once, but could be patched again to address some minor and isolated areas of deterioration.

An inspection of HABS HAER's page showed that a dozen of these types of bridges were built in Macomb County by the Illinois Bridge Company, a prolific company in Michigan at the time. The 1995 Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory showed three other concrete arch bridges built in either 1909 or 1910, suggesting that as late as 1995 there were three other structures remaining in Macomb County that were similar or identical to this one. All of those have been replaced with modern slabs of concrete. Oddly, they were all within a mile of this bridge! The other bridges were 24 Mile Road over N. Branch Clinton River, Fairchild Road over Deer Creek, and 25 Mile Road over Deer Creek. All were built in 1910, except 24 Mile Road, which was built in 1909.  Outside of this area is a much larger arch bridge of this design beside the current Romeo Plank bridge over North Branch Clinton River. So, Thus, this bridge has a great deal of local historic significance since it is one of only two remaining examples of a structure type that was once locally common, and is the only one on public roads. With intact guardrails, and no other observed modifications, it is an intact example of a standard plan concrete arch bridge. There is only one other concrete arch bridge of any type in the county, the Gratiot Avenue Bridge, and was not built to the same plan as the Chapman Road and Romeo Plank Road Bridges.


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