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Bay Shore Road Bridge


Photo taken by C. Hanchey

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Former US Highway 41 bridge until the highway rerouted further upriver.


Abandoned concrete tee beam bridge over Escanaba River
Escanaba, Delta County, Michigan
Built 1911, Closed 1949 and ultimately abandoned soon thereafter, Removed 2015
Concrete tee beam
Length of largest span: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 840.0 ft.
Also called
Wells Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.78268, -87.06888   (decimal degrees)
45°46'58" N, 87°04'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/494645/5069904 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 49646 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 29, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • June 28, 2019: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Corrected year of abandonment per newly discovered articles from Melissa
  • June 28, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • March 29, 2016: Updated by Luke: Update via John: Gone
  • November 12, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "US 41"
  • October 9, 2012: New photos from Jann Mayer
  • July 14, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Re-imported photographs
  • November 18, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Added photographs and tiny bit of info.
  • September 16, 2011: Added by Luke Harden

Related Bridges 


  • Luke
  • Washington Watch - Derelict bridge removal project
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Mike Kerkau - mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Jann Mayer - jannmayer [at] gmail [dot] com


Bay Shore Road Bridge
Posted June 29, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

There is not much information after 1950. Idk what happened. They were intent on demolishing it.

Bay Shore Road Bridge
Posted June 28, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Perhaps this bridge should be an early cautionary tale of just what happens when you don't maintain them! Out of service by the end of 1949...eep. (Where did the previous 1929 date come from?)

The new info is a great find. Just one question (maybe two) remains now - when did they decided to give up on razing it for so long? Or did they still raze it, and the ruins were just all that was left from it until 2015?

Bay Shore Road Bridge
Posted March 30, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Especially one that (although a ruin) was when built among the earliest and largest of its kind in the entire state of Michigan. Please refer to my well-researched page here: http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=mi...

Bay Shore Road Bridge
Posted March 29, 2016, by Anonymous

A concrete tee beam isn't a UCEB.

Bay Shore Road Bridge
Posted March 29, 2016, by Chris Perry

Ahh, ordinary UCEB.....

Bay Shore Road Bridge
Posted August 2, 2014, by Matt Lohry

Looking at the pier remnants in Pic #6--it looks kind of like the face of a troll, right in the middle...weird!

Bay Shore Road Bridge
Posted July 15, 2012, by Scott Gavin (fatpiecat2 [at] charter [dot] net)

Amen to that comment, brother. It's like once they developed reinforced concrete bridges, nothing else would do - and nobody gave a thought to longevity. We have a similar situation here in Oregon where they built some stunningly beautiful reinforced concrete bridges on Highway 101 - only to discover that the concrete absorbs salt water, the iron reinforcing rods rust and swell, cracking the concrete and dooming the bridges. They've already had to replace the Alsea bay bridge, and they've installed electrolysis devises on other bridges to try to prevent the rust damage - a stop gap measure at best. And now, even if you wanted to replace a concrete bridge with an iron truss bridge, good luck finding a bridge company that still manufactures them. I suspect most of them have gone out of business because everybody was building concrete bridges instead...

Bay Shore Road Bridge
Posted September 25, 2011, by K. A. Erickson

I have been on a similar bridge such as this one. I suppose you could say it was the urban explorer in me or the intrepid historian trying to capture something the rest of us forgot. The first time, scary yet somehow exhilarating. The second ... no fear at all. You could be diagnosed with cancer and die within a month. Crap like that happens all the time. You realize life is too short to be getting one's knickers in a knot or wringing your hands endlessly over this, that, or the other. I agree with Gene.

Bay Shore Road Bridge
Posted September 25, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hey... Bring back Evil Kenevil or the Dukes of Hazzard as I'm sure they would love this one!

Bay Shore Road Bridge
Posted September 25, 2011, by Gene McCluney (gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com)

Dangerous for what? It is closed, and probably blocked off, so you are at "your own risk" if you attempt to get on it. Are you afraid parts will fall off in the water, perhaps killing some fish? The world is full of dangers, part of life is learning how to stay safe.