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Burns Road Culvert

Burns Road Culvert

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: 2005

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Burns Road Over Local Drain
Location
Rural: St. Clair County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This is a corrugated metal culvert with unusual guardrails. These guardrails were likely once trusses on a small bridge, probably in this same location. When you consider that many truss bridges have guardrails that are more substantial than these things, it is easy to say that these are not strong enough to have ever been the trusses for a whole bridge. But take a look at the Powers Highway Bridge, and you will see that although it is a lattice truss which means a bit more steel, it is also made out of the same very lightweight steel. Bridges like these were marketed in the first years of the 20th Century to townships as inexpensive alternatives to the more costly truss bridges that featured the more traditional and more massive design. They were essentially budget bridges.

Another interesting note with this culvert is that old concrete posts that St. Clair County used long ago for right-of-way markers and also for guardrails have been reused to create a makeshift abutment for the culvert.

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
42.934610,-82.611710

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