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Currie Parkway Bridge

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Photo taken by Frank Fick

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BH Photo #363362

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Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Tittabawassee River on Currie Parkway in Midland
Location
Midland, Midland County, Michigan
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built in 1908 by the Joliet Bridge & Iron Co.; rehabilitated in 1988 with a load bearing arch added.
Builder
- Joliet Bridge & Iron Co. of Joliet, Illinois
Design
Pinned Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Span length: 140.8 ft.
Total length: 140.8 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 9.7 ft.
Also called
Upper Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.61750, -84.25222   (decimal degrees)
43°37'03" N, 84°15'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/721715/4833059 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Gordonville
Inventory numbers
MINBI 565440600030B01 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 07019 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 20147 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2008)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 1.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1985)
4,550

Update Log 

  • October 1, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 29, 2016: New photo from Rick McOmber
  • September 6, 2016: New photos from Luke
  • February 26, 2012: New Street View added by J.P.
  • February 25, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added and updated information.

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Comments 

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted September 6, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nothing I like seeing more in the same photo than section-loss covered by nice shiny paint!

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted September 6, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Load-bearing arch = Engineer that has no clue how to properly restore a truss bridge.

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted September 6, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I laughed at Frank's comment that someone claimed this bridge would be good until the 22nd Century. I revisited this bridge for the first time since its been repainted. As part of this work, the deck appears to be rearranged to offer a better view of the lower chord of the original truss. Further, the bridge was closed to traffic due to other unrelated roadwork. This offered me good conditions for close inspection.

The results are both staggering and very sad indeed. What is the cost of adding a load-bearing arch? The answer is simple. All incentive to maintain the original truss. The consequences have been catastrophic. The bottom chord is so badly deteriorated the bottom chord has totally disintegrated in some areas. Crude repairs have attempted to hold together what is left of the bottom chord. Unparalleled section loss also found in the diagonal members and vertical members in the lower "splash zone" area. The pins have lost so much section that their once-cylindrical shape is totally deformed beyond recognition.

Without the load-bearing arch, this bridge would have either been repaired or been closed to traffic many years ago no doubt. Without the load-bearing arch, the truss in its current condition would very likely collapse.

The facts are clear. Rendering trusses decorative should only be allowed if there is reasonable assurance that the owner will continue to maintain the historic trusses as if they were in fact load-bearing.

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted November 22, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted November 16, 2014, by Frank Fick (fickkats [at] aol [dot] com)

Side view

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted November 16, 2014, by Frank Fick (fickkats [at] aol [dot] com)

It is open again.New red paint new deck.They say it will be good into the 22nd century.

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted October 10, 2014, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

10-05-14 Entire bridge in a tent. Must be getting close to completion.

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted July 23, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Good to see the bridge being tended to!

And in a much better way than the horrific 1988 modification!!!

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted July 23, 2014, by Frank Fick (fickkats [at] aol [dot] com)

painting the bridge red

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted July 23, 2014, by frank fick (fickkats [at] aol [dot] com)

Restoration! 400000 new deck and new paint job....RED!

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted March 8, 2012, by Frank Fick (fickkats [at] aol [dot] com)

Benson st I was a youngster when we crossed the bridge,it was raining slightly,my dad said "You better look good it won't be here much longer".It did survive,until the 70's.

Currie Parkway Bridge/lost Benson st bridge
Posted March 8, 2012, by Frank Fick (fickkats [at] aol [dot] com)

Another old picture of Benson bridge

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted February 27, 2012, by Frank Fick (fickkats [at] aol [dot] com)

I confess I was the one who posted

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted February 26, 2012, by Anonymous

The Tridge a walking bridge that crosses the Tittabawassee and Chippewa river.Redwood arch.Between Currie and where Benson was located.Further upstream is Smiths Crossing Bridge,or as it is in Bridgehunter Tittabawassee River bridge

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted February 26, 2012, by Anonymous

People used to swim at Currie I think 1920.River was wider,had beaches,filled in to make roadway.

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted February 26, 2012, by Anonymous

Benson Street bridge Flood 1912?

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted February 26, 2012, by Anonymous

Benson Street bridge Joliet Iron works 1908 downriver from Currie.Removed 1979.

Currie Parkway Bridge?Benson St bridge
Posted February 26, 2012, by Anonymous

A whipple truss Built 1908 across the Tittabawassee river

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted February 25, 2012, by Frank Fick (fickkats [at] aol [dot] com)

Currie Parkway "Upper bridge"

This shows the arch that really is the bridge now.

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted February 25, 2012, by frank fick (fickkats [at] aol [dot] com)

More pictures

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted February 25, 2012, by frank fick (fickkats [at] aol [dot] com)

Currie park way 2011

Currie Parkway Bridge
Posted February 25, 2012, by Frank Fick (fickkats [at] aol [dot] com)

flood of 1979