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6 Mile Road Railroad Bridge

6 Mile Road Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: January 10, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (CSX) Over 6 Mile Road
Location
Northville: Wayne County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
66 Feet (20.12 Meters)
Structure Length
72 Feet (21.95 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
82200081000X010

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This bridge is a railroad overpass that has a typical riveted deck plate girder superstructure. However, the bridge does have some details that are noteworthy. It sits on abutments that were clearly designed so that the tracks could be widened by adding a span next to the existing span, an expansion that never happened. The abutments are design with aesthetic detailing including paneling and decorative pillars that rise above the bridge deck. The bridge has pipe railing that are attached to an interesting design of steel railing posts that have a tapered shape and an unusual oval design at their bases.

A C&O (Chesapeake and Ohio) logo remains in excellent condition on the bridge's girders, a reminder of the company that once owned this bridge until it became absorbed into CSX. The girders also have information painted on them that indicate the bridge was painted in September 1971 with "Pittsburgh Ironhide" type of paint.

Overall, this bridge retains excellent historic and structural integrity. It is part of an active railroad line, and continues to carry freight trains today.

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