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Maple Street Bridge

Maple Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Randy Mulder

Bridge Documented: November 6, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Maple Street Over Manistee River
Location
Manistee: Manistee County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1964 By Builder/Contractor: Brown Brothers of Lansing, Michigan and Engineer/Design: Hazelet and Erdal of Chicago, Illinois

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1993
Main Span Length
126 Feet (38.4 Meters)
Structure Length
286 Feet (87.17 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.32 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 4 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
514415000046B01

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This bridge is a very late example of a riveted deck plate girder bascule bridge in Michigan, having been completed in 1964. However, despite this late date, the bridge is configured similarly to bridges of this type built in decades past in Michigan, although the bridge lacks the architectural detailing that might be seen in an older bridge. The bridge has massive single roller bearings for the approach spans, an unusual and interesting feature. A previous bridge at this location was a Scherzer rolling lift bascule bridge as shown below. Also shown below is an even earlier bridge, which was an iron bowstring swing bridge.

Above: The bowstring swing bridge, the bridge at this location prior to the 1908 bascule bridge. Photo date: ca. 1905.

Above: Photos of the 1908 Scherzer rolling lift bascule bridge.

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