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Jones Road Bridge

Photos 

MI-125-1

Photo taken by Dietrich Floeter, June 1995, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #120811

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Dismantled Baltimore through truss bridge over Grand River on Jones Road in Eagle Township
Location
Clinton County, Michigan
Status
Replaced by new bridge and stored for reuse
History
Built 1912; Closed to all traffic 1984; Replaced in 1998 and dismantled
Design
The bridge is part of Clinton County's local road system which primarily serves existing agricultural development, rural residential uses, and related traffic. The bridge is a steel Baltimore through-truss structure. It is [was] the only example of this type of bridge in Michigan.
--Douglas A. Bell, AICP
Consultant to the Clinton County Road Commission
Dimensions
Total length: 217.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.79250, -84.81806   (decimal degrees)
42°47'33" N, 84°49'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/678447/4740081 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Eagle
Inventory number
BH 37151 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 28, 2011: New Street View added by Matt Lohry
  • August 12, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER MI-125 - Jones Road Bridge, Spanning Grand River, Eagle vicinity, Clinton County, MI
  • Matt Lohry

Comments 

Jones Road Bridge
Posted June 20, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Pity. I'm guessing the same is true for the other two stored bridges from this county - Lowell Road and Monroe Road?

Jones Road Bridge
Posted June 20, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Wish I had better news, but its still in storage with no plans for reuse.

Jones Road Bridge
Posted June 19, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Out of curiousity - eight years later - is this one still in storage, or has it since been re-erected in a new (presumably pedestrian) location?

Jones Road Bridge
Posted April 29, 2011, by John Berry (jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Pretty sure that is why Goodwin Road is missing some parts. People want the weight

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

If anyone wants to learn more about the relocation and storage of this bridge (along with many other historic truss bridges), you should contact Vern Mesler www.historicbridgerestoration.com and he should be able to help you. I know where the bridges are stored, but Vern would be the best person to contact. Even though these bridges are to be restored on public facilities for public use, we like to joke that they are "Vern's bridges"

If anyone does arrange to visit the storage facility for these bridges, I would ask that you not post photos or reveal the location online for the security of the historic bridge materials. Scrap steel thieves are becoming increasingly daring between a rough economy and rising scrap prices.

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

Nathan,

I remember this bridge very well. What are the odds of being able to get pictures of it in its disassembled state??

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

Listing this bridge as lost isn't exactly accurate. The entire bridge is simply in storage awaiting restoration.

Jones Road Bridge
Posted April 28, 2011, by Matt Lohry

That's a bribe that would have definitely worked on me, too--an alternate route to my childhood town carried us over a Parker through truss, while the main route carried us over the same river on a Warren pony truss--a winner either way!

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

I remember going across this bridge as a child. My mom ran a party store in the little village of Eagle just a few miles from this bridge. She use to bribe me to go help her on weekends. If I helped we would go across this bridge, or the one on Charlotte Hwy just outside of Portland