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Manistee River Railroad Bridge

Manistee River Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Randy Mulder

Bridge Documented: November 6, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Marquette Rail) Over Manistee River
Location
Near Manistee: Manistee County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Metal 6 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Wood Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

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This bridge appears to be a fairly old example of a railroad truss bridge because it has several unusual details. First and foremost, the bottom chord of the bridge is polygonal, with the first panel of bottom chord angled downward. The bottom chord also has corrugation between the eye bars on the first panels. The other unusual detail on the bridge is that the struts (sway bracing) for this bridge are unusually positioned above the top chord and are simple rolled i-beams.

The bridge is supported by wooden crib type piers and is served by a series of wooden approach spans.

The Manistee River flows through two channels in this area. The other channel is nearby  but is serviced by a 1947 plate girder built by American Bridge Company. This girder span is clearly newer than the truss bridge. A few photos of this plate girder are included in the photo gallery for this bridge.

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