Most of Michigan's concrete girder bridges are single span; this bridge is three spans. It appears to be the longest straight chord through girder open on public roads today. As such, its historic significance is great enough that this bridge should be preserved at all costs. Costs should not be too high, since the bridge is not in that bad of a condition at this time. With concrete bridges however, the time to preserve them is before they develop severe deterioration that can be hard to repair. The bridge is on a lightly traveled road, so its narrow roadway is not a major concern, and safety could be improved with slower speed limits or yield signs. However, Saginaw County is not noted for historic bridge preservation on its highways. Although there has been some deterioration where the girders are seated on the piers, the bridge appears to be in decent condition, with minimal spalling, meaning its historic integrity is excellent as well.
Information and Findings From Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory
the seventeen bridges included from Saginaw County in Michigan's
statewide historic bridge inventory is this three-span concrete
structure northwest of Fosters. The structure carries Mower Road over
the Cole Drain in rural Spaulding Township. The Mower Road Bridge is
comprised of three concrete through girder spans, supported by concrete
abutments and massive piers with bullnosed cutwaters.
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