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One of the most unusual steel stringer bridges in Michigan, this bridge is noted for its built-up steel bents, and for its extreme skew which resulted in a unique layout of the bents. The bents must extend out beyond the bridge deck at two points to allow for trains to pass under the bridge.
Also remarkable is that the bridge appeared to be in good condition when visited in 2022. No major pack rust or section loss was noted, and the paint was in good condition. No significant alterations to the bents were noted either. The bents are attractive, composed of built-up riveted beams that include v-lacing. This bridge should be evaluated for National Register eligibility as the bridge appears to be unique, and illustrates an unusual engineering solution to a severely skewed crossing over a railroad. A larger, but non-skewed T-shaped stringer bridge in the county is far more altered and also slated for demolition. That will make this bridge completely unique in the county.
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