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Dix Avenue Bridge

Dix Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 1, 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Dix Avenue Over River Rouge
Location
Detroit: Wayne County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Deck Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1927 By Builder/Contractor: Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Engineer/Design: Hugh E. Young of Chicago, Illinois

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1989
Main Span Length
164 Feet (50 Meters)
Structure Length
222 Feet (67.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
56 Feet (17.07 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 4 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
82200210000B010

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This bridge is similar to the Fort Street Bridge. With the demolition of the Fort Street Bridge, this bridge will be the last of its type in Detroit, and indeed all of Michigan. The only other highway truss bascule bridge in Michigan is the nearby Jefferson Avenue Bridge, which is a pony truss rather than a deck truss. The trusses of the Dix Avenue Bridge retain good integrity, as does the bridgetender structure. Railings and deck are not original however. Despite these modifications, the Dix Avenue Bridge remains an important, historically significant transportation related resource. The bridge was designed by Hugh E. Young, who also worked as a City of Chicago engineer, designing both bridges and working for the Chicago Plan Commission. He and some of the other Chicago engineers found their design of bascule bridge so effective that they did work on the side for other cities, including Detroit. As such, this bridge displays an  appearance, design, and function similar to that of bascule bridges in Chicago. These bridges are noted for their outstanding quality of construction and ease of operation.

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