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Dietz Road Bridge

Dietz Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: April 17, 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Dietz Road Over Red Cedar River
Location
Rural: Ingham County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1934 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
52 Feet (16 Meters)
Structure Length
52 Feet (16 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.32 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
33200101000B010

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Some counties in Michigan display multiple examples of stringer bridges featuring this unusual fence-like steel railing. They either were only built in some counties, or some counties have simply demolished their examples. Ingham County has a few examples and this one is perhaps one of the nicer ones due to its length and historic integrity. That said, the bridge's railings and beams are in poor shape.

This bridge features a method of connecting the railings to the bridge that was inherently a faulty design. The railing supports run from the railing along the outside of the stringers and are connected under the stringers. This means that the railings were susceptible to damage from floodwaters and leakage/moisture from the bridge deck as seen with this bridge. This bridge has survived with little damage from these issues however. Indeed the actual railings are in worse shape than their supports.

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