Rating:
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Gower Road Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by John Berry in May 2011

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BH Photo #199062

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Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Coldwater River on Gower Road
Location
Branch County, Michigan
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built 1900
Builder
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
Design
Pinned Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 77.8 ft.
Total length: 81.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.04306, -85.11611   (decimal degrees)
42°02'35" N, 85°06'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/655916/4656273 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Burlington
Inventory numbers
MINBI 12316H00014B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 01179 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 19979 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2008)
Deck condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 15.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
111

Update Log 

  • May 14, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and truss type
  • May 14, 2011: Updated by John Berry: Closed

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Comments 

Gower Road Bridge
Posted May 15, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I was reviewing my recordation of the bridge over at HistoricBridges.org and now that I look at the beam I believe it was put there to hold a "No Fishing" sign. There were No Parking signs all over the place leading up to this bridge. I believe the county had trouble with people hanging out and fishing off the bridge, and they probably put some sort of No Fishing sign up. You can see the bolt holes and perhaps the outline of a sign in my photo here: http://www.historicbridges.org/truss/gower/smich210.JPG

Gower Road Bridge
Posted May 15, 2011, by Matt Lohry

Just a guess, but the piece of steel may be a remaining support for a height-restriction beam that was once in place. Again, just a guess--can't verify that, unfortunately.

Gower Road Bridge
Posted May 14, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

No idea what the steel on the top chord is.

As for Massillon, here is my info:

Massillon Bridge Company 1869-1930s

Toledo-Massillon Bridge Company, reorganized, c1905

Massillon Bridge and Structural Company, 1909 became a division of Fort Pitt Bridge Works in 1930s

Gower Road Bridge
Posted May 14, 2011, by John Berry (jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Didnt Massillon Bridge Company go out of business in 1901? I thought I read that somewhere

Gower Road Bridge
Posted May 14, 2011, by John Berry (jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I had the same thought when I saw the outline of the plate. I had just left the Stancer bridge before hitting this one.

The piece of steel on the one top cord really has me wondering.

Gower Road Bridge
Posted May 14, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Its not the least bit surprising this is a Massillon. The other pinned truss in the county is also a Massillon, same plaque type. Michigan historic bridge inventory gave a c. 1910 date. Both this and the 1900 date are incorrect. It likely dates to around the 1888 date of the other bridge which is Stancer Road. http://www.historicbridges.org/truss/stancer/index.htm

Gower Road Bridge
Posted May 14, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was able to determine from the outline shape of the missing plaque that this is a Massillon product.

The 1900 date is probably a default date with this bridge likely being from the 1880's

Gower Road Bridge
Posted May 13, 2011, by John Berry (jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Closed to traffic