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Manistee Swing Bridge

Manistee Swing 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
Manistee: Manistee County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Movable: Swing (Bobtail) and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, 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) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Plate girder swing bridges are a rare structure type in Michigan, particularly examples which still actually function. This bridge continues to carry trains and also open and close for marine traffic. The bridge's superstructure is a variable depth deck plate girder. The bridge appears to retain good historic integrity. The bridge might be thought of as an upside down version of the Wallaceburg Swing Bridge in Ontario. Interestingly, both the Wallaceburg Swing Bridge and the Manistee Swing Bridge were both originally owned by the C&O Railroad. This makes one wonder if the C&O railroad had a preference for plate girder swing bridges over other types of movable bridges. Both of these bridges retain a C&O railroad logo painted on them.

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