Photo Credit: Richard H. Scheel
This bridge is nearly impossible to get to except by boat. It is a bascule bridge that utilizes a complex counterweight that moves to adjust the weight as the bridge raises and lowers, a patented design called the Abt Bascule bridge. It is among the rarest bascule bridge types in the country. Michigan has three examples, perhaps the highest population of the type in any one state.
The bridge was built by the American Bridge Company as are the other two Abt bascule bridges in Michigan, in Saginaw and Port Huron. View the page for the bridge in Port Huron for a full history and discussion of the Abt type of bascule bridge and a more complete photo-documentation of this unusual movable bridge type.
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