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Richman Road Bridge

Richman Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: March 25, 2005

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Richman Road Over Smiths Creek
Location
Rural: St. Clair County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge's future is at risk!

Bridge Status: This bridge is on the verge of total collapse!

This is one of the smallest Pratt pony truss bridges around, perhaps only around a 35 foot span. It has riveted connections. The abutments are steel retaining wall with the bridge itself siting on steel i-beams. Railing are original, and are a composed of a pair of channels, very much like the State Street Bridge. It is possible, although not certain, that this bridge was like the State Street Bridge built by the Joliet Bridge and Iron Company. The deck no longer remains on the bridge although the deck stringers remain in place. The deck might have been concrete or wood originally.

This bridge may not last much longer. Floods have washed away the dirt that once held the simple steel supports and steel retaining wall for the bridge, and they are slowly tipping over, taking the bridge along with them. This problem alone poses the greatest danger to the bridge. As if that were not enough, this bridge is severely rusted with substantial areas of complete section loss, and the vertical members are rusting away their connections - one of them no longer is connected to the deck anymore. Severe pack rust has also been breaking apart of of the steel plating on the top chord.

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