This bridge is a multi-span plate girder than includes an unusual deck plate girder swing span. Plaques do not remain on the bridge, it may have been built by the American Bridge Company based on the shape of the "plaque scar" left behind from where the plaque was. From south to north, the bridge features one steel stringer span, two spans of large through plate girder, one deck plate girder swing span, and one deck plate girder span. The through plate girders have the appearance of a single very long girder (but do not appear to be continuous), and they also appear to be sinking where the two are supported in the middle of the river. Some of the mechanics of the swing span are removed, but the main gears are still visible. The bridge has not operated for boats for a very long time. In fact, it may have never operated: Dan Shankel reported the following to HistoricBridges.org. "I used to live by Paines Railroad bridge an old neighbor told us that Dow Chemical stopped brge traffic on the Tittabawassee River before the bridge was completed and was deemed not needed, it never operated."
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