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Oelke Road Bridge

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Photo taken by Rick McOmber in February 2017

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BH Photo #379297

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over North Macon Creek on Oelke Road
Location
Monroe County, Michigan
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built 1899
Design
Half-hip Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Span length: 51.8 ft.
Total length: 51.8 ft.
Deck width: 13.5 ft.
Inventory numbers
MINBI 58311H00041B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
BH 20167 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2000)
Substructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 24.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1978)
51

Update Log 

  • February 20, 2017: New photos from Rick McOmber

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Comments 

Oelke Road Bridge
Posted May 15, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is NOT on private property since the county road commission maintains its right-of-way ownership. However, the bridge is severely deteriorated at the endposts to the point that we decided that removal for storage and restoration was too dangerous to attempt given our process for removing a truss bridge intact. It may be possible to salvage some parts of the bridge for research, education, and restoration work if and when the bridge collapses.

Oelke Road Bridge
Posted April 5, 2009, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

No access without a short hike on private property 3/28/09