Posted environmental warnings here. Toxic river.
Photo taken by Janis Ford in October 2013
BH Photo #300121
That proposed concept restoration - is that your design, or did someone come up with that?
Reason I ask is, there may be new developments in this area soon enough.
Dow Chemical is proposing a settlement for a Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration action that began in 2005 (!) - as part of this, they would direct an estimated $77 million toward more than a dozen environmental restoration projects throughout the Great Lakes Bay region.
One of those, the Tittabawassee River Floodplain Restoration and Bike Trail, would see a few new trails created in the area of this bridge, with a proposed trailhead at the spot where the bridge is. It's currently not proposed to use both sides of the river, however (thus it ostensibly wouldn't involve restoring this bridge or replacing it with a new one).
The settlement is now currently awaiting court approval.
On my way to Midland this afternoon, I finally made the side trip to go check this out (along with a couple other places). Coming from the East side, it feels like it suddenly appears in front of you as soon as you round the final curve.
Wow, that barrier is higher in person than I realized. I'm 5 feet 6, and it's as tall as I am.
A propossed concept restoration as part of a rail trail
What it could look like
Former road commission warns,if you cross the barrier the ashpalt is thin and you could fall thru.
In the early 90's before the barrier I walked it.It was scary then.Plaques were still there then.Ornamentation is going quick,The bridge sits out of the ways.Probably why it is still there.The only unrestored historical truss in Midland county.
A close up of ashpalt deck
Smith's Crossing Bailey bridge front view
Smith's Crossing,Bailey bridge
Feb picture 2012
1907 Double span.Jolliet truss.