Port Inland Road does exactly what it says on the sign: it provides access to Port Inland, which is somewhat unusual because it is an active, noteworthy port on the Great Lakes, but it has no community surrounding it. Port Inland Road leads right to the port and dead-ends. Port Inland was created in 1930 by Inland steel which needed limestone materials, available in this area, for its steelmaking process. Shortly thereafter, this bridge was built to carry an extension of a state trunk line highway designated M-99. The M-99 extension provided access to Port Inland. Trunk line designation did not last long however, since by 1937, the road was returned to local control. The bridge remains as a reminder of this road's brief trunk line past. The bridge is also a good example of a state standard steel stringer bridge with aesthetic concrete encasement on the fascia beams and with balustrade railings. This design was built from 1927 through 1932. This bridge is a good example of that design because it has suffered very little concrete spalling and deterioration. The only drawback to the bridge's historic significance is the addition of modern Armco style guardrails.
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