Maple Rapids Road Bridge
Quite possibly the oldest remaining bridge to be constructed by the Variety Iron Works of Cleveland, Ohio. The firm was better known for it's boilers and railroad frogs, as well as having constructed the observation towers at Valley Forge and Gettysburg. Bridges might have initially been more of an afterthought at VIW, but that would change with the purchase of the rival Buckeye Bridge Works in 1889. The Maple Rapids Bridge is the only known survivor from before the acquisition.
- Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Maple River on Maple Rapids Road
- Clinton County, Michigan
- Built in 1888 by the Variety Iron Works; Lost 2013
- - Variety Iron Works of Cleveland, Ohio
- Pinned Pratt through truss
Span length: 92.9 ft.
Total length: 92.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +43.10961, -84.71197 (decimal degrees)
43°06'35" N, 84°42'43" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/686165/4775527 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Maple Rapids
- Average daily traffic (as of 1994)
- Inventory numbers
- MINBI 19308H00012B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
BH 20018 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection report (as of March 2008)
- Sufficiency rating: 19.5 (out of 100)
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- April 4, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Bridge has collapsed
- February 25, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added some information
- July 7, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Builder