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Wallace Road Bridge

Wallace Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Luke Gordon

Bridge Documented: November 26, 2005

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Wallace Road Over River Raisin
Location
Rural: Washtenaw County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1959
Main Span Length
40 Feet (12.2 Meters)
Structure Length
42 Feet (12.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.7 Feet (4.79 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

This bridge was demolished with no replacement bridge built!

The bridge is a Warren pony truss of traditional composition. It is composed of three panels. Connections on the bridge are riveted, and no v-lacing is present on the bridge. Double channel style railings are present on the bridge. Jones and Laughlin steel brands were located on the bridge. That the company was going by the name "Laughlin" and not "Laughlins" indicates the steel dates to after 1905. A ca. construction 1910 date for this bridge might be accurate.

This bridge, which had been closed to traffic and essentially abandoned and was just sitting around minding its own business was demolished by the county for no reason other than to wipe it off the face of the earth. That's right, they did not build a new bridge in its place, they just demolished the bridge. This was a waste of both tax payer dollars and history. The bridge was not a hazard, it did not appear to be on the verge of collapse. To make matters worse, the road commission made no attempt to offer this bridge publicly to interested parties for preservation at another location. While this marketing method does not work anyway, at least there is a remote chance somebody hears about it. With a bridge this size, it would be easy to move and preserve. It would have made a great foot bridge in a park or on a trail.

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