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
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.
The previous (original) location of this bridge in Wayne County was at 42.211527, -83.492731
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