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Fergus Road Bridge



Photo taken by Mike Kerkau in April 2021


BH Photo #494773


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Steel stringer bridge over Misteguay Creek on Fergus Road
Saginaw County, Michigan
Open to traffic
Built 1947
- E.C. Nolan & Son
Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 54.8 ft.
Total length: 109.9 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.25637, -83.99549   (decimal degrees)
43°15'23" N, 83°59'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/256853/4793643 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2003)
Inventory numbers
MINEW 09212 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 84072 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 64.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 10, 2021: Updated by Dave King: Added builder "E.C. Nolan and Son"
  • April 6, 2021: New photos from Mike Kerkau
  • January 8, 2019: New Street View added by Mike Kerkau


  • Mike Kerkau - mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com


Fergus Road Bridge
Posted April 6, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Elected to stop for a bit on the way to trying the west side of Verne Road, making sure I had the right location when I tried the creek and found nothing.

There were two construction vehicles around, no idea what for, and a quick sweep of the Road Commission's Facebook and Google doesn't turn up any leads that this bridge is next.

But more on the confirmed bad news front: The Fairchild Creek girder, just to the west of this, is no more - they had that finished by Thanksgiving 2019. (That, admittedly, is another one I hadn't even thought of, but remembering the road now, one of those short height steel railing bridges is there now.)

Fergus Road Bridge
Posted January 8, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Many county road commissions and cities made use of the R4 Railing standard that was designed by the Michigan State Highway Department. Like today, many local-owned bridges were funded by assistance from the state (some bridges display State Reward Bridge plaques). State Reward Bridges often follow state standard designs even though they are not on the State Trunkline System. Additionally, the designs I believe were free to be used as needed by any county even if they did so under their own funding. I have a special R4 info page here. https://historicbridges.org/info/r4/index.php

Fergus Road Bridge
Posted January 8, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Separately, what's the story on these R4 railings? Were they simply representative of a state bridge design standard for a couple of decades? I also notice that they're often found on, or nearby, highway roads - whether state routes (M-13, M-25, M-46, etc.), U.S. routes, or Interstate routes, possibly even County routes. But were they exclusive to highway routes, or roads that were highway routes at one time but may not be today?

Main reason I ask that last question is, in Saginaw County, there appear to be several bridges still standing today that all have these R4 railings, and the majority of them can be found on roads that do not carry designated highway routes today - assuming none of them have had their railings replaced during this decade, there are FIVE of them that can be found on Hemlock Road alone! (And only one of those five shows the railings covered up with guardrails.)

Fergus Road Bridge
Posted January 8, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is one of those bridges that has what I've seen are called the "R4" railings. They can be found throughout Michigan, and from what I've been able to find, there's several still up on bridges in Saginaw County alone.

This particular location, however, is especially of interest, since there's THREE other bridges of interest that are all close by this one:

One of the two Verne Road bridges, and the Fry Road bridge (both already posted here), are two.

The third, is just the next bridge on Fergus to the west (over Fairchild Creek) - it's a concrete girder that is exactly like the Mower Road bridge (it might be the only other one remaining in the county of that same type).