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Old M-28 Hickey Creek Bridge

Old M-28 Hickey Creek Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 8, 2010 and October 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Old M-28 Over Hickey Creek
Location
Rural: Baraga County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1924 By Builder/Contractor: G. E. Warden Company of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
34 Feet (10.36 Meters)
Structure Length
36 Feet (10.97 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.32 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
07303F00014B020

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This bridge's future is at risk!

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This bridge's owner has applied for 2013 Local Bridge Program demolition and replacement funding!

This bridge is an excellent example of a straight chord through girder in Michigan. Because it is located on old alignment for a trunk line road, and the road is a dirt road, this bridge has never seen corrosive winter deicing salts. As such the girders are in great shape and the majority of the girder, in particular the portions facing the roadway, have all their architectural detailing intact and unmarred. As such, the bridge is a particularly noteworthy example of its type, and because of this, its preservation should be considered.

Despite this significance, the county road commission wants to demolish and replace this bridge. For the sake of historic preservation as well as fiscal responsibility, the maintenance and rehabilitation of this bridge should instead be considered. The bridge is not currently posted for any weight limit, and rehabilitation could keep the bridge unposted. The 24 foot wide deck width is more than sufficient for the rural road it is located on.

Further west down this same road is a beautiful example of a 60 foot curved chord through girder. As such, these two bridges form a group of historic resources, and make an excellent comparison between the two approaches to concrete girder construction in Michigan.

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