The economic recession that began in late 2008 spawned a massive economic stimulus package that provided billions of dollars to state DOTs, who quickly decided the best way to use the money was to demolish historic bridges, even though repairing and restoring them might cost less and create just as many jobs.
Similarly, the response to the Great Depression was for the Federal Government to provide states and local governments the money to build new bridges and thus create jobs for people. Today, bridges that survive and are clearly a product of these Depression relief programs are a physical record of that important chapter in American history. Indeed, the tiny Isabella Road Bridge is one such example. It has a plaque on it listing the U.S. Works Progress Administration as funding its construction along with Isabella County.
The bridge retains good historic integrity with original railings, stringers, and diaphragms. The deck is original concrete, although a layer of asphalt was added for a wearing surface.
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