The Cash Road Bridge is a Warren pony truss with riveted connections. Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory says the bridge was built in 1910. It was similar in design to other pony truss bridges that once existed in substantial numbers in this region. Unlike many of those similar bridges that had concrete jack-arch decks, this bridge had a wooden deck. The bridge retains original guardrails, with no modern railings added. The Cash Road Bridge sat on concrete abutments prior to being moved. The bridge had a posted weight limit of ten tons. Like most bridges in the thumb area of Michigan, this bridge had rusted beyond the point of even being able to tell what it might have been painted at one time. No plaques were on the bridge.
This bridge was replaced with a new bridge. This bridge was located in an area where there were several alternative crossings within a mile. People needing to haul more then ten tons somewhere had lots of other options. This bridge could have been repaired to continue serving light-weight traffic. Cash Road did not appear to be a busy road, even by dirt road standards. With so many nearby Elk Creek crossings, it seemed only a waste of money to replace this bridge.
The only good news was that when this bridge was replaced a local landowner took the bridge with plans to eventually use it on his property. So the bridge was not sent to the scrap yard when it was replaced.
Above: Historical photo of bridge.
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