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M-26 West Branch Firesteel River Bridge

M-26 West Branch Firesteel River Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 1, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
M-26 Over West Branch Firesteel River
Location
Rural: Ontonagon County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Metal Cantilever Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1952 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
102 Feet (31 Meters)
Structure Length
270 Feet (82 Meters)
Roadway Width
28 Feet (8.53 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
8504

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This bridge is an example of a Michigan State Highway Department riveted, haunched deck plate girder with a cantilevered design that includes a suspended span in the center. The department used these bridges for high level crossings in Michigan that needed to carry a state trunk line over not only a river, but its valley as well. The bridge has attractively detailed abutments and piers. These aesthetic details, the technologically noteworthy cantilever and suspended span design make bridges of this design noteworthy on today's roadways. Bridges like this are no longer built today. Sadly, the original ornamental Type R4 railings that would have been a part of this original bridge have been replaced with modern, ugly New Jersey barrier. A similar bridge to this one exists a short distance north, but was not documented by HistoricBridges.org since the bridge was being rehabilitated.

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