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Isabella Road Bridge

Isabella Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: March 15, 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Isabella Road Over Little Salt Creek
Location
Rural: Isabella County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1938 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
28 Feet (9 Meters)
Structure Length
32 Feet (10 Meters)
Roadway Width
20 Feet (6.1 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
37200048000B320

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

Bridge Status: Demolished and replaced ca. 2018

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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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