With its solid, arched deck plate girder bascule superstructure, this double-leaf bascule bridge represents the mainstream of Michigan movable bridges. This bridge is a very wide bascule bridge, with a total of four girder lines. It appears that the bridge is designed as two separate bascule spans sharing a single substructure. As such, it may be possible to raise the southbound side of the bridge while leaving the northbound side lowered and vice versa. This ability was sometimes included in bridges so that one side could be raised to facilitate bridge repairs, while leaving the other side open to traffic, thereby avoiding complete bridge closure to traffic.
MDOT is apparently attempting to get this very wide bascule bridge listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This bridge is on a heavily traveled trunkline road, and it is nice to see its owner, MDOT making motions toward preservation rather than demolition.
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