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Willoughby Road Bridge

Willoughby Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: March 22, 2010

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Willoughby Road Over Sycamore Creek
Location
Rural: Ingham County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1939 By Builder/Contractor: D. T. Frank
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
40.0 Feet (12.2 Meters)
Structure Length
86.0 Feet (26.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
28 Feet (8.53 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
33301H00008B010

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This bridge no longer exists!

This bridge is a good representative example of a standard bridge design that was built in Michigan by in the late 1930s and early 1940s by county road commissions. The design consisted of a steel stringer superstructure, with the main distinctive feature being the railings which are designed to resemble old iron fence. The design appears to have only been used for local roads, and does not appear to have been used on any trunk lines by the state highway department (whose designs were using Michigan's famous R4 railing design by this time).

This particular bridge is unaltered from its original design, however it is in extremely poor condition and has been closed to all traffic as a result. Moisture, deicing salt, and perhaps not being painted frequently enough has led to severe rust and section loss on the steel stringers as well as the steel bents that support the bridge. There is also considerable spalling of the concrete posts at the ends of the bridge as well as at the edge of the deck. The unfortunate end result of this deterioration is that the bridge will be demolished and replaced with the ugly concrete slabs that are rapidly taking over the Michigan landscape.

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