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Burroughs Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: March 1, 2007, June 3, 2011, and December 17, 2021

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Portland Rail-Trail Over Looking Glass River
Location
Portland: Ionia County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1905 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
1939
Main Span Length
57.0 Feet (17.4 Meters)
Structure Length
120.0 Feet (36.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
13.5 Feet (4.11 Meters)
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Multi-span pony truss bridges are nearly non-existent in Michigan, so this is a rare bridge due to that alone. This bridge was saved by Portland, as part of a unique Burroughs Street project in which the replacement bridge was the historic Belleville Road Bridge! This brings the total of restored truss bridges in Portland up to three, making them one of the greatest examples of truss bridge preservation in the state! Other cities should see how Portland uses truss bridges to serve a functional purpose and also encourage tourism and bring a general level of beauty and history to the city.

The restoration of the truss bridge itself appears to be done quite well, with no severe alterations noted. Some sections of bottom chord were replaced, but this may date to before restoration. However, the cyclone fencing, which covers over half the height of the trusses themselves seriously reduces the potential beauty of the bridge. Recommended future preservation work for this bridge would be to replace the cyclone fencing with a railing that looks nice (perhaps having a historical appearance), meets current safety needs, yet also minimally blocks the view of the trusses. Many feasible options exist.


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