2 votes

Upton Road Bridge


Photo taken by John Berry in April 2011


BH Photo #198123



Through truss bridge over Maple River on Old Upton Road
Clinton County, Michigan
Closed to all traffic
Future prospects
There is a " park " on one end, but from what I saw it isnt much. Just a muddy turn around with a trash can that isnt used as much as the ground is. The bridge is totally fenced off and posted
Built 1901 by the Detroit Bridge and Iron Works; Closed to vehicular traffic 1966
- Detroit Bridge & Iron Works of Detroit, Michigan
Pin-connected, 8-panel Parker through truss
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 1, 2015
Also called
Old alignment of Upton Road over the Maple River
Grist Mill Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.08989, -84.40608   (decimal degrees)
43°05'24" N, 84°24'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/711122/4774063 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ovid West
Inventory numbers
NRHP 15000295 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 48714 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


8-panel truss (389)
Built 1901 (543)
Built during 1900s (7,227)
Clinton County, Michigan (17)
Closed (2,667)
Detroit Bridge & Iron Works (50)
Michigan (1,125)
NR-listed (2,961)
Parker through truss (1,297)
Parker truss (1,678)
Pin-connected (3,902)
Through truss (15,079)
Truss (32,804)

Update Log 

  • April 28, 2011: Added by John Berry



Upton Road
Posted May 23, 2011, by John Berry (jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Some old pictures I found

Upton Road
Posted April 28, 2011, by John Berry (jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It would be really nice if they did like Barry county did with McKeown Road

Upton Road
Posted April 28, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

There have been some discussions I believe by the township of restoring this bridge in place. On my own, separate of these discussions, I visited the bridge and did a thorough visual examination of the bridge and based on that made some suggestions for what the scope of work for a project might include. My conclusions do not take into account any issues that an engineering analysis might reveal, but simply report on areas of deterioration that were noted and how those areas might be repaired. My report and findings are included on the HistoricBridges.org page for this bridge http://www.historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowse...

I consider this to be one of Michigan's more important bridges because it is the only highway truss built by in-state fabricator Detroit Bridge and Iron Works. Most bridges by the company are railroad bridges.