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Farmington Road Bridge

Hawthorne Drive Bridge / Nankin Mills Bridge

Farmington Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: October 20, 2007 and December 10, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Abandoned Farmington Road (Hawthorne Drive) Over Middle River Rouge
Westland: Wayne County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1950 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
60 Feet (18.2 Meters)
Structure Length
64 Feet (19.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
10.5 Feet (3.2 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge has a 1950 construction date listed, which seems too new and may indicate instead that the bridge was moved to this location at that date. The bridge has a deck width of a little over 10 feet, which makes it an extremely narrow bridge for its type. This implies the bridge was built for use on a low volume roadway. The bridge displays large gusset plates on the top chord connections. No v-lacing or lattice is present on the bridge, typical of a later riveted truss bridge. The bridge is located in the Middle Rouge Parkway. It still serves non-motorized traffic on an undeveloped trail.

Jack Allen provided the following ideas on the bridge's history:

The rehab date might very well refer to when the bridge was moved there. That bridge was not in its present location in the 1960s because aerial photos dated 1949, 1956, 1961 and 1967 show no bridge in that location. There was no road or trail in the 1949 aerial photo where this bridge is today. Aerial photos from 1949 through 1997 are available from Wayne State University through the courtesy of Detroit Edison (DTE). Interestingly, the old Farmington Road bridge was still in place over the Rouge River throughout the 1960s, south of the subject bridge. It was south of Edward Hines Drive and it took traffic south to Cowan Road. It was one of several old, single-lane bridges that were closed in the 60s and 70s for various reasons. The old Farmington Road bridge appears to be identical to the subject bridge. I recall that that stretch of Farmington Road was closed in the 1970s. I am guessing that the old Farmington Road bridge was moved north, across Edward N. Hines Drive, to add to the Nankin Mills museum historic attraction, thus the confusing dates of 1950 and 1977.


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