River Raisin

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The River Raisin flows through southern Michigan, with its source in northwestern Hillsdale County. From there it flows northeast to Brooklyn and Manchester, then straight south almost to Blissfield, then roughly eastward to Dundee and Monroe before emptying into Lake Erie. A major fork, the South Branch, begins in western Lenawee County and flows through Adrian, where it is spanned by numerous bridges of note.

AA - Raisin River Bridge (Dundee) (Monroe County, Michigan)
Pratt through truss bridge over Raisin River on Ann Arbor Railroad
Open to traffic

Academy Road Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1982
Timber stringer bridge over River Raisin on Academy Road
Open to traffic

ADBF - Raisin River Bridge (Adrian) (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1900
Pratt deck truss bridge over Raisin River on Adrian & Blissfield Railroad
Open to traffic

ADBF - Raisin River Bridge (Blissfield) (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1907
Baltimore through truss bridge over Raisin River on Adrian & Blissfield Railroad
Open to traffic

ADBF - River Raisin Approach Bridge (Blissfield) (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1907 by the King Bridge Co.
Steel stringer bridge over Dry land on Adrian & Blissfield Railroad
Open to traffic

ADBF - South Branch Raisin River Stone Arch (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1867
Stone arch bridge over South Branch Raisin River on Adrian & Blissfield Railroad (formerly NYC RR)
Open to traffic

Adrian Street Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Replaced 1940
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Raisin River on Adrian Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Bachmayer Park--Ellis Park Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1977-1978; rehabilitated and handicap-accessible ramps added 2018
Timber arch bridge over River Raisin on Pedestrian path
Open to pedestrians only

Beecher Street Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1932 by Harwick Brothers & Brown
Steel stringer bridge over South Branch River Raisin on Beecher Street (M-34)
Open to traffic

Beecher Street Bridge (Older) (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Replaced 1932
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over South Branch River Raisin on Beecher Street (M-34)
Replaced by a new bridge

Beecher Street Howe Pony Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Lost Howe pony truss bridge over Raisin River on Beecher Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Bent Oak Highway - River Raisin Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1952 by Ruckman-Hansen Co.; rehabilitated 1999
Steel stringer bridge over South Branch River Raisin on Bent Oak Highway
Open to traffic

Blood's Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Lost bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over River Raisin on Blood Road
No longer exists; bridge removed with no replacement

CN - Raisin River Bridge (Monroe County, Michigan)
Built 1926
Concrete slab bridge over Raisin River on Canadian National Railway
Open to traffic

CN - Raisin River Bridge (Monroe County, Michigan)
Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Raisin River on Canadian National Railroad
Open to traffic

College Avenue Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1947 by Ruckman-Hansen Co.; rehabilitated 2001
Steel stringer bridge over South Branch River Raisin on College Avenue
Open to traffic

Comfort Road Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over River Raisin on Comfort Road
Replaced by a new bridge

CSX - Raisin River Bridge (Monroe County, Michigan)
Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Raisin River on CSX RR
Open to traffic

Deerfield Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Perhaps replaced 1908
Lost Pony truss bridge over River Raisin on Rodesiler Highway
Replaced by a new bridge

Deerfield Road Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1955 over River Raisin
Concrete stringer bridge over River Raisin on Deerfield Road
Open to traffic

Evans Street Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1907 to replaced a truss bridge destroyed May 3, 1907; replaced 1958
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Raisin River on N Evans Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Fayette Branch Railroad Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Raisin River on New York Central RR (abandoned)
Abandoned

Island Park Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Originally on Church St., removed & stored in 30's, moved to park entrance, moved to present location 1980's.
Pratt pony truss bridge over South Branch Raisin River on Island Park Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Kiwanis Trail-Seven Span Trestle (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Likely built in 1928 when the larger DT&I trestle over Wolf Creek was constructed. The old railroad right of way was purchased by the city of Adrian in 1987 for use as a bike trail.
Steel stringer bridge with timber trestle approaches over South Branch River Raisin on Kiwanis Trail (formerly DT&I Railroad)
Open to pedestrians only

Kiwanis Trail-Trestle Park Trestle (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Likely built in 1928 when the larger DT&I trestle over Wolf Creek was constructed. The old railroad right of way was purchased by the city of Adrian in 1987 for use as a bike trail.
Steel stringer bridge with timber trestle approaches over South Branch River Raisin on Kiwanis Trail (formerly DT&I Railroad)
Open to pedestrians only

Kiwanis Trail-Twelve Span Trestle (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Likely built in 1928 when the larger DT&I trestle over Wolf Creek was constructed. The old railroad right of way was purchased by the city of Adrian in 1987 for use as a bike trail.
Timber stringer bridge over South Branch River Raisin on Kiwanis Trail (formerly DT&I Railroad)
Open to pedestrians only

LeRoy Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Replaced 1955
Lost Parker through truss bridge over River Raisin on Deerfield Road
Replaced by a new bridge

Maple Avenue Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1947 by Ruckman-Hansen Co.; rehabilitated 1998
Steel stringer bridge over South Branch River Raisin on Maple Avenue
Open to traffic

Maumee Street Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1919
Concrete arch bridge over South Branch River Raisin on Maumee Street in Adrian
Open to traffic

Maumee Street Bridge (Old) (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Likely replaced 1919
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over South Branch River Raisin on Maumee Street & Citizens Light & Power Co. Interurban
Replaced by a new bridge

Merrick Street Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1926; rehabilitated 2001
Rainbow arch bridge over South Branch Raisin River on Merrick Street in Adrian
Open to traffic

Michigan Avenue Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1948 by Ruckman-Hansen Co.; rehabilitated 2000
Steel stringer bridge over South Branch River Raisin on Michigan Avenue
Open to traffic

Mill Street Bridge (Jackson County, Michigan)
Built 1925; rehabilitated 1984
Stone arch bridge over South Branch Raisin River on Mill Street in Brooklyn
Open to traffic

Monroe Street Bridge (Monroe County, Michigan)
Built 1927; Subsequent work 1970 & 1984; rehabilitated 1990
Concrete cantilever bridge over Raisin River on M-125 in Monroe
Open to traffic

Monroe Street Bridge (Dundee) (Monroe County, Michigan)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over River Raisin on Monroe Street (M-50)
Replaced by a new bridge

NS - Raisin River Bridge (Monroe County, Michigan)
Built 1910, demolished for replacement July 2015
Baltimore through truss bridge over Raisin River on Norfolk Southern RR (formerly New York Central)
Replaced by a new bridge

NS - Raisin River Girder Bridge (Monroe County, Michigan)
Built 1912
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Raisin River on Norfolk Southern RR (formerly New York Central)
Open to traffic

NYC - Raisin River Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Replaced 1907
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Raisin River on New York Central Railroad
Replaced by a new bridge

NYC - Raisin River High Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Line abandoned 1931- bridge appears on Google aerial photos
Abandoned Pratt deck truss bridge over Raisin River on NYC RR
Derelict/abandoned

NYC - River Raisin Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Lost Bridge over River Raisin on New York Central Railroad (abandoned)?
Removed but not replaced; only Lally columns remain

NYC - River Raisin Bridge (Monroe County, Michigan)
Tracks removed 1975
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over River Raisin on abandoned New York Central Railroad
Derelict/abandoned

PM - Raisin River Bridge (Old) (Monroe County, Michigan)
Built 1896; Replaced 1911
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Raisin River on Pere Marquette Railroad
Replaced by a new bridge

River Raisin Bridge (Monroe County, Michigan)
Lost Post through truss bridge over River Raisin
No longer exists

River Raisin Covered Railroad Bridge (Monroe County, Michigan)
Other through truss bridge over River Raisin on Unknown railroad
Lost railroad covered bridge over River Raisin somewhere in Monroe

SMRS - Raisin River Deck Truss (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1896
Pratt deck truss bridge over Raisin River on Southern Michigan Railroad Society


T&W - Raisin River Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1901, railroad abandoned 1935, bridge removed 1938; was middle bridge in the "Blissfield Triple Bridge"
Lost Through truss bridge over Raisin River on Toledo & Western RR (abandoned)
Removed

T&W - Raisin River Bridge (Adrian) (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Built 1901, railroad abandoned 1935, bridge removed sometime thereafter, abutments remain
Lost Bridge over Raisin River on Toledo & Western RR (abandoned)
Removed

The Old Iron Bridge (Lenawee County, Michigan)
Replaced 1922 by Michigan's first concrete camelback bridge
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over River Raisin on Chicago Boulevard (now M-50)
No longer exists

Wilbur Road Bridge (Washtenaw County, Michigan)
Built 1953; replaced 2006
Lost pony truss bridge over River Raisin on Wilbur Road
Replaced by a new bridge