This bridge is a half-hip pratt pony truss with pinned connections. The bridge has three panels. It sits on stone abutments, which are falling apart. V-lacing is present on vertical members. Lattice guardrails are present on the bridge. The deck is wood. Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory gave an 1897 construction date, and a 39 foot span length.
This bridge is at risk for collapse. First, the south truss has dropped a half foot because the stone abutment at that spot of falling away. Second, you can wiggle this southern truss with little effort. Despite this condition, the bridge remains a charming little treasure hidden away and overgrown on a closed road. It is a pity that this bridge was never relocated and preserved, perhaps as a trail bridge for pedestrians somewhere.
The floor beams are in good condition overall, but evidence of heavy section loss and pack rust can be seen all over. Pack rust has broken the splice plate on the tops of the endposts off, and that classic ribbed appearance that the top chord cover plate gets when it is badly rusted is highly evident on this bridge. The condition of the bridge is quite a contrast to the much better looking Raymond Road Bridge which is a mere half mile north of this bridge.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Available
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