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East Delhi Road Bridge



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Through truss bridge over Huron River on East Delhi Road
Washtenaw County, Michigan
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Currently undergoing rehabilitation
Built ca. 1890 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1969 and 2008
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 108.9 ft.
Total length: 111.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.4 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.33389, -83.80889   (decimal degrees)
42°20'02" N, 83°48'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/268585/4690670 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ann Arbor West
Inventory numbers
NRHP 08000844 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
MINBI 81308H00036B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 11029 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 20260 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 14, 2016: New photos from Rick McOmber
  • January 16, 2015: New photos from Jim Allen
  • February 23, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • November 22, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • October 2, 2008: Listed on National Register



East Delhi Road Bridge
Posted February 17, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Here is a fun article discussing the bridge's color:


East Delhi Road Bridge
Posted June 26, 2012, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

Photos taken 8/1/10

East Delhi Road Bridge
Posted September 3, 2009, by Rich Cook (Rich_Cook [at] msn [dot] com)

Rehabilitation of this bridge is now complete, and it has been reopened to traffic!

East Delhi Road Bridge
Posted July 23, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge is painted a dark "burnt" orange color, and really looks nice. It's great to see a restored span painted something other than "truss bridge" green.

East Delhi Road Bridge
Posted July 23, 2009, by Rich Cook (rich_cook [at] msn [dot] com)

On Wednesday, July 22, 2009, this bridge was put back on the Huron River after rehabilitation. It should be open in several weeks, after decking has been put on the bridge and approaches are finished. See the article at the following link:


East Delhi Road Bridge
Posted May 11, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was looking at some pictures of the "new" bridge and compairing it to the historic photos of the older one. The two structures do match. Wrought Iron Bridge Company had many different designs that they used, but this wasn't one of the most common. I would say that they either repaired the bridge after the storm, or they had another one that they moved in. It might have been built at the same time, and maybe in the same contract.

East Delhi Road Bridge
Posted May 11, 2009, by Rich Cook (rich_cook [at] msn [dot] com)

I would like to point out that the current East Delhi Road Bridge is not a new bridge built on the site in 1917 after the original one was destroyed. It is clearly a Wrought Iron Bridge Company bridge built before 1899. The issue is whether the original bridge was replaced with one of the same vintage. Oral history suggests the original bridge was repaired and place back on its abutments, but photos suggest extensive damage not evident on the existing bridge. Here is what the National Register application says on the topic:

"The current bridge may not be the first iron truss bridge at this location. Instead it may be a bridge of the same vintage as the original that it replaced in 1918...No documentation for the bridges date of construction have been found, but the plaque on the portal of the bridge clearly identifies the manufacturer as the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, which dates the bridge before 1899 since the company ceased to exist after this date."

Work is progressing on rehabilitation and the bridge should be reopened later this summer!

East Delhi Road Bridge
Posted February 3, 2009, by Ron Wilbanks (niagara6000 [at] comcast [dot] net)

On June 6, 1917, this bridge was destroyed by a violent F4 tornado. A new bridge was built at the same location. Here are some photos of the area before and after the tornado. These images are from the Washtenaw County Historical Society and are considered in the public domain.