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Huddle Road Bridge

Huddle Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: Fall/Winter 2006

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Huddle Road Over Tupper Creek
Rural (Near Lake Odessa): Ionia County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1923 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
32.8 Feet (10 Meters)
Structure Length
34.8 Feet (10.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
22 Feet (6.71 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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This bridge is a great example of Michigan's design of through girder. It retains excellent historic integrity, with the exception of stolen plaques. There is no posted weight limit, nor is there any notable spalling on the bridge. Modern railings provide an approach to the bridge, but they are not bolted to the concrete girders, and they are only present on one end of each side of the bridge. This is unlike the Hastings Road Bridge, which has the more frequently seen mounting technique, that obscures the view of part of the bridge.

An old, large, and ugly pipe is mounted to the north side of this bridge. There was quite a bit of construction equipment near this bridge, and it looked like they were preparing to perhaps replace the pipe or do work on it somehow. Hopefully it is the pipe it is replacing and not the bridge! If they do replace the pipe, perhaps burying it underground, it would make this bridge quite a bit more photogenic. Views beside the bridge were easier from the north side, although anyone who explores the railroad grade will find that the nearby railroad bridge to the south provides impressive side views.

Between 2006 and 2009, the meager Armco railings present approaching the bridge on the southwest and northeast corners was removed and larger and much more extensive  Armco railings were but on leading up to the bridge from some distance away. The use of crash-resistant railing is often important for motorist safety, and well as for maintaining the safety and integrity of the historic bridge, however HistoricBridges.org does not support or advocate the choice of Armco railing because it is not aesthetically appealing compared to other crash tested alternatives. HistoricBridges.org also strongly discourages drilling holes into the original concrete of the historic bridge for the purpose of attaching these railings, which is what was done in this case. By drilling holes in the concrete, they have opened the door for moisture to enter the historic bridge and do damage which in some cases may be irreversible. They have also needlessly damaged and destroyed original bridge material by drilling holes in the bridge. Alternative ways to secure the roadway and bridge should have been considered.


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