This is a rather large bridge for Michigan, and it includes three main deck truss spans, plus a deck plate girder approach at each end. The trusses are in the Pratt configuration, and featured riveted connections. One span of this bridge's predecessor dated to 1887 and was moved to Stronach in 1909. The bridge seen today at Grand Ledge dates to 1904. As such the old span must have sat somewhere for a few years before being erected at Stronach.
This bridge is noted for its lack of v-lacing or lattice. All the members and bracing have no v-lacing and lattice. V-lacing is seen under the end post and top chord of the bridge and a couple parts of the bracing. This lack of "decorative" steel does not detract from the impressive appearance of this bridge. The steel bent supports on this bridge add to the beauty of the bridge. The unusual sandstone rock cliffs of this area add an additional visual element to the scene. Indeed this bridge is located in what might be called the most scenic area in the Greater Lansing region which is otherwise mostly flat swamps and farmland. The bridge itself sits on stone abutments which are built onto this stone. The pier at the north end of this bridge sits right on top of the stone.
Below are two historical photos showing the previous Grand Ledge Bridge. One of the spans in the below photo is what can be found in Stronach today.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Unorganized Photos
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