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Saginaw Swing Railroad Bridge

Saginaw Swing Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: Summer 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (CSX, Central Michigan Railroad) Over Saginaw River
Location
Saginaw: Saginaw County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Metal Rivet-Connected Baltimore Through Truss, Movable: Swing (Center Pier) and Approach Spans: Metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Baltimore Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1914 By Builder/Contractor: Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
226 Feet (69 Meters)
Structure Length
551 Feet (168 Meters)
Roadway Width
12 Feet (3.66 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 6 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This beautiful swing bridge was built by the Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Company in 1914. Plaques, which are all cracked from pack rust beneath them, convey this information. There are two big plaques, both mounted on the western end posts on the eastern half of the swing span and also a small plaque also saying the same thing mounted on the western endpost of the west half of the swing span. Extensive lattice on this hulk of a bridge adds intricacy to the structure. Deck plate girders provide an approach to the structure. There is also a through truss approach span at the western end of the bridge. The truss configuration on all spans is of the Baltimore variety. Connections on the bridge are riveted. The bridge no longer operates, but enough gears and gizmos remain to allow a picture of how the bridge worked to be formulated.

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43.426670,-83.944630

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