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Washington Road Bridge

Washington Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: December 26, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Washington Road Over Bad River
Location
Rural: Gratiot County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1955 By Builder/Contractor: Raff and Dexter of Lansing, Michigan and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
37.7 Feet (11.49 Meters)
Structure Length
19.7 Feet (6 Meters)
Roadway Width
23 Feet (7.01 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
29200026000B020

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

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This bridge was demolished and replaced!

This bridge is an example of a mid-20th Century steel stringer bridge built in Michigan. Although not individually distinguished, bridges that these that still dot Michigan's landscape are attractive features of county roads. The attractive ornamental type R4 railings, composed of metal panels and concrete posts, make these bridges visually pleasing. Those who take the time to look under the bridge will find the modest details on the pier and abutments as well.

Unfortunately, this bridge will no longer beautify Michigan's roads. It will be replaced with a typical pre-stressed concrete bridge that is completely devoid of any aesthetic qualities whatsoever.

According to original plans for the steel stringer bridge, the previous bridge at this location was a five panel Warren pony truss with a length of about 66 feet. The bridge had a jack-arch deck and provided a 15 foot roadway. Abutments for the bridge were concrete. The plans note that the floor beams and deck stringers were salvaged by the county, with the remainder of the bridge scrapped out by the contractor. The plans do not indicate when this bridge was built, but it was likely built ca. 1905 based on the description of the bridge.

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