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Wirtz Road Bridge

Wirtz Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Randy Mulder

Bridge Documented: June 10, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Wirtz Road Over Sugar River
Location
Rural: Gladwin County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1920 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
48 Feet (14.6 Meters)
Structure Length
50 Feet (15.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
12.8 Feet (3.9 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
26314H00002B010

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is a long-abandoned example of a traditionally composed Warren pony truss. It is located in a region noted for its striking lack of historic metal truss bridges, making this bridge regionally rare.

Photographer Pandy Mulder offers this discussion of the bridge:

 This abandoned bridge (about 10 miles NE of Gladwin) is in a small wooded valley, a short walk down from the road barriers at the top of each side. The bridge crosses the small river at a right angle to the road (now a 2-track), which makes sharp turns onto the bridge at each end. Years ago, it seems that someone heading east came down too fast and could only make the turn enough to slam into the east truss. Despite that damage and the holes in the deck, ORVs apparently still cross here.


This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Available

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