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Six Mile Creek Road Bridge


Photo taken by Jim Allen in Dec. 2007


BH Photo #313858



Through truss bridge over Shiawassee River on Six Mile Creek Road at New Haven
Shiawassee County, Michigan
Closed to all traffic
Built in 1886 by the Morse Bridge Company, closed to traffic ca. April 1998
- Morse Bridge Co. of Youngstown, Ohio
Pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 128.0 ft.
Total length: 131.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
New Haven Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.09149, -84.15478   (decimal degrees)
43°05'29" N, 84°09'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/731571/4774904 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Owosso North
Average daily traffic (as of 1992)
Inventory numbers
MINBI 76308H00007B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
BH 20228 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2008)
Overall condition: Poor
Substructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 19.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 16, 2015: New photos from Jim Allen



Six Mile Creek Road Bridge
Posted November 14, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

It appears this may be headed for a second life.

Last year, the County green-lit an engineering feasibility and cost study with regards to having this bridge restored.


The purpose? For use as part of a biking trail.

https://www.shiawassee.net/Docs/Parks-Rec/Parks%20Plan%20Add... (Page 7)

https://www.nrtdatabase.org/trailDocuments/3997_61_Water_Tra... (Page 28)

Consulting party? (Or quite possibly the ones doing the study.) Nels Raynor, and therefore Bach Steel as well.


The Argus-Press (an Owosso newspaper) mentions that a "pocket park" has also been proposed for building around the bridge - unfortunately, the full article is behind a paywall.

No news since then, however.

Six Mile Creek Road Bridge
Posted December 27, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am assuming its just lighting in the image you guys are looking at. Unless someone set fire to the deck I didn't see anything last time I was there, a year or two ago, that would indicate the deck was about to fall into the river. As I recall a tree falling had dinged the end post a little, but no major changes or concerns were noted during that visit. The road commission removed the builder plaques a few years ago and told me that they are keeping them in storage at the county road commission office.

Six Mile Creek Road Bridge
Posted December 25, 2018, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm looking at it and it could be shadowing or where two images have been spliced together.

Six Mile Creek Road Bridge
Posted December 25, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looking at this on satellite, it looks like about half the deck has fallen away...!

Six Mile Creek Road Bridge
Posted March 9, 2012, by Donald Dale Milne (contact [at] roadtrip62 [dot] com)

Here a couple of pictures I took on March 8, 2012. Everything still seems in place.