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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