This bridge is on an abandoned railroad line that has been converted into a rail-trail with a small park also planned for next to the bridge.
This small three span deck plate girder is an example of what is perhaps one of the most common type of railroad bridges in Michigan and indeed the United States, but it might have some local significance. Often historic bridges are not fully evaluated for historic significance at the local level. This is because those involved with historic bridges, whether a hired consultant for a government agency or an international historic bridge documentation and advocacy website like HistoricBridges.org, those involved with such entities do not have the time to do the extensive research of digging through archives, doing face-to-face interviews of locals, etc, that is often needed to establish local significance. It is often up to local communities to advocate for local significance. Even if this small deck plate girder might not have local significance enough for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, it might be worth the community posting some information about the bridge on some interpretive signage in the planned park. Such interpretive signage could also discuss the history of the railroad line as a whole as well. Even if bridge and rail line are not National Register eligible, they still might tell a story about the development of Concord. Often the history and heritage of abandoned railroad lines are ignored by those who develop rails to trails, which is most unfortunate. More often then not, the bridges are covered up by ugly railings and no interpretation of the railroad line and any bridges on it is provided to the public. HistoricBridges.org encourages rails to trails organizations to embrace the heritage of the corridors they occupy and not ignore and cover up this history.
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