Swan Drive Bridge
This 88' Pony Truss bridge may be the last surviving 88' section of the Old Belle Isle Bridge, which was built betwixt 1887-1889. The majority of that bridge burned on April 27, 1915. In 1916, this span, as well as four other surviving spans, were removed from their supports and moved downstream to be used in a temporary bridge.
When the new steel and concrete George Washington Bridge (now called the McArthur Bridge) opened in 1923, the temporary wood bridge, along with the five 88' pony truss sections from the old Belle Isle Bridge, were removed.
Later in 1923, one section of a 88' pony truss bridge was floated down the Detroit River on a Dunbar and Sullivan barge and erected over the Swan Island Channel that Dunbar and Sullivan had dredged out earlier.
- Pony truss bridge over Swan Channel on Swan Drive
- Grosse Ile Township, Wayne County, Michigan
- Open to traffic
- Originally built in 1889 ; Moved here in 1923; Rehabilitated 1956
- Warren pony truss with all verticals
Length of largest span: 79.7 ft.
Total length: 87.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +42.10056, -83.17306 (decimal degrees)
42°06'02" N, 83°10'23" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 17/320311/4663226 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
- Inventory numbers
- MINBI 82303H00024B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 12272 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 20294 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection report (as of April 2015)
- Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 53.4 (out of 100)
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- July 17, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected build date & added info