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Adrian and Blissfield Railroad Bridge

Adrian and Blissfield Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 26, 2005

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Adrian and Blissfield) Over River Raisin
Rural: Lenawee County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Deck Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
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
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

The Raisin River has a couple very interesting deck trusses, this being one and the Southern Michigan Railroad Bridge being the other.

This bridge is a fairly long deck truss span for Michigan - ten panels in all, and is a pin connected Pratt. The bridge includes a deck plate girder approach at each end. Piers and abutments are stone. V-lacing and lattice is present on various places on the bridge's built-up beams. No plaque has survived on this bridge, so the builder is unknown.

Deck truss bridges are the among most challenging to photograph, and this bridge is no exception. A winter visit when the leaves are off the trees is recommended.

It is interesting to note that there are old concrete abutments next to this bridge. They may be from an old interurban line that ran from Adrian to Blissfield.


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