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This bridge was built in 1885, making it a very old example of a half-hip pin connected Pratt pony truss in Michigan. Most Pratt pony trusses in Michigan are actually closed to traffic, but this one remains open with a decent 12 ton weight limit. An attractive blue paint is present on this bridge, but there is rust. This bridge was built by the Massillon Bridge company, and their distinctively-shaped plaque does not remain on the bridge, but its outline can be easily seen where it once was. This five panel bridge has a wooden deck and v-lacing on vertical members. The bridge has two notable alterations. First, the lattice railings do not remain, and plain steel railings have been added. Also, outriggers were added, and the main i-beams had extra steel added to support these buttresses. These outriggers probably helped this bridge continue to carry modern traffic, however.
In November 2012, an effort to put a new coat of paint on the bridge appeared to be underway. While it does not appear to be a comprehensive repainting, where rust would be blasted off and new paint applied to every exposed surface of the bridge, any effort to protect the bridge is certainly better than nothing. However, perhaps the most beneficial thing that was also done during this effort was that the dirt was dug out around the bearings. Dirt buildup around bearings leads to moisture buildup which in turn leads to deterioration. Removing this dirt will extend the life of the bridge.
Information and Findings From Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory
This bridge is an early Pratt pony truss, built by the Massillon Bridge Company of Massillon, Ohio, a prolific metal truss bridge company in terms of bridges constructed in Michigan and the Midwest.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Unorganized Photos
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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