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Belleville Road Bridge

Burroughs Street Bridge

Belleville Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: December 2005 and September 3, 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Burroughs Street Over Flat River
Rural: Kent County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1925 By Builder/Contractor: Mount Vernon Bridge Company of Mount Vernon, Ohio and Engineer/Design: Michigan State Highway Department

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
119.8 Feet (36.52 Meters)
Structure Length
125 Feet (38.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
27 Feet (8.23 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

View Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Documentation For This Bridge

HAER Data Pages, PDF

This Bridge Has Been Relocated From Wayne County and Restored!

View An Archived Webpage Created By Wayne County Discussing This Bridge Relocation

Belleville Road Bridge

This bridge is part of a unique "musical chairs" with bridges. This bridge was moved here in the mid-1990s to this location. The rare two-span pony truss that was here before was in turn moved to a rail-trail in Portland! If HistoricBridges.org was in charge of roads this would be how bridges would be managed: a bridge needs to be replaced? Then find another historic bridge that will serve the needs of the roadway! This bridge is a perfect example of how compromise can not only save a bridge, but in some cases can save more than one. The pony truss might have been preserved in its original location, but then the Belleville Bridge would have been lost. With this situation, not only is both the Belleville Bridge and the Burroughs Street pony truss preserved, Burroughs Street now has a wider, two-lane bridge!

The Belleville Road Bridge lends itself well to its new surrounding. The beautiful, wide river valley and river itself make the sweeping Parker truss fit right in. The bridge itself is an example of Michigan's standard plan for pony truss bridges. It retains original railings on the sidewalk.

Information and Findings From Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory

Narrative Description

Moved from its original location on Belleville Road over the Huron River in Wayne County to Burroughs Street in Kent County in the early 1990's. This bridge is a late example of a rivetted steel camelback pony truss, one of several built by the Mt. Vernon Bridge Company of Mt. Vernon, Ohio in the early 1920's.


Photo Galleries and Videos: Belleville Road Bridge

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2009 Bridge Photo-Documentation
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A collection of overview and detail photos, taken September 3, 2009. This gallery offers photos in the highest available resolution and file size in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer
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2009 Bridge Photo-Documentation
Mobile Optimized Photos
A collection of overview and detail photos, taken September 3, 2009. This gallery features data-friendly, fast-loading photos in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer
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December 2005 Bridge Photo-Documentation
A collection of overview and detail photos, taken December 2005. This photo gallery contains a combination of Original Size photos and Mobile Optimized photos in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer

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