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Verne Road Fairchild Creek Bridge

Verne Road Fairchild Creek Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 12, 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Verne Road Over Fairchild Creek
Location
Rural: Saginaw County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1923 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
60 Feet (18.3 Meters)
Structure Length
63 Feet (19.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
17.4 Feet (5.3 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
73301H00013B010

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This bridge is on a section of roadway that has been abandoned and the bridge itself has also been long abandoned. The western abutment appears to be sinking, making the bridge deck have an incline that was not supposed to be there. This bridge is a traditional example of a riveted warren truss bridge with verticals but no outriggers. The truss bridge appears to retain excellent historic integrity with no major alterations noted. This bridge is also a rare example of a bridge with a jack-arch deck, an unusual deck type. It consists of using arched corrugated  metal to make a span between the deck stringers, and then concrete is filled in on top of the arched corrugated metal. There are more surviving examples of this deck type in Michigan than in other states. Jack-arch decks did not stand the test of time, with the bridges than had them usually far outliving the decks themselves, so very few examples remain especially on bridges open to traffic, which will generally have had their deck replaced. Because Michigan has a lot of abandoned truss bridges, Michigan also has a  lot of jack-arch decks because the deck was never replaced on an abandoned bridge. Like most remaining examples, the jack-arch deck is in very poor condition and has failed in several locations. The truss itself is in decent condition and could be restored.

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