This bridge is one of the first state highway bridges ever built in Michigan, in fact the 8th bridge authorized to be built under the 1913 State Trunk Line Act. This is why the bridge was designated Trunk Line Bridge #8. The bridge is significant as one of the first such bridges built. The bridge is not structurally rare or unusual; it is a steel stringer bridge. However, it is an early and unaltered example of this bridge type in Michigan. The bridge has been closed to traffic. It appears to have abutment problems at the northwestern end, with a large crack in the abutment wall visible. The superstructure is in overall decent condition.
Information and Findings From Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory
Located in Chassell Township, this small-scale concrete/steel bridge spans the Pike River on County Road C117. The crossing is situated immediately south of the village of Chassell, near the river's mouth at Pike
Bay. The structure is configured as a 38-foot, steel stringer span, with five lines of rolled I-beams supported simply by concrete abutments. Architectural expression is provided by MSHD standard paneled concrete guardrails. Cast
into the guardrails are "State Trunk Line Bridge 1914" on one side and "Built by S-B-S Co Houghton" on the other. In unaltered and excellent structural condition, the Pike River Bridge has retained a high degree of physical
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