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Lowell Road Bridge (Replacement)

Street View 


Pony truss bridge over Looking Glass River on Lowell Road
Clinton County, Michigan
Open to traffic
Built 2006
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 127.0 ft.
Total length: 128.0 ft.
Deck width: 29.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.81803, -84.64190   (decimal degrees)
42°49'05" N, 84°38'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/692775/4743305 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
MINBI 19315H00014B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 02022 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 84617 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 95 (out of 100)
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Built 2006 (74)
Built during 2000s (730)
Clinton County, Michigan (19)
Have street view (29,923)
Michigan (1,429)
Modern (2,472)
Open (41,214)
Owned by county (21,728)
Pony truss (17,247)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,500)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,353)
Truss (36,833)

Update Log 

  • November 14, 2020: New Street View added by Mike Kerkau
  • March 7, 2019: Added by Mike Kerkau

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Lowell Road Bridge (Replacement)
Posted March 8, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Could have even boiled down to being as simple as "replace a truss with a truss"...despite the two being different types of trusses.

See also: The two posted examples in Mason County, and Holy Island Road in Charlevoix County.

Lowell Road Bridge (Replacement)
Posted March 8, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Mike: Unlike Ohio, Michigan has not traditionally built modern welded highway truss bridges. So the county probably thought of this as a unique structure in Michigan. I think they chose a truss for aesthetic reasons (even though it looks nothing like the historic bridge it replaced). However, the bridge is no longer unique in Michigan. I'm not sure that we are going to turn into Ohio with welded trusses everywhere, but this bridge was replaced with a truss: https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=b... and then another stringer bridge, this one in Eaton County, was replaced with a truss and the trusses blocked the view of the road for a nearby intersection resulting in many accidents. https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2018/12...

Lowell Road Bridge (Replacement)
Posted March 7, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Gee, the county likes showing this one off, eh?

http://www.ccrc-roads.com/ - right on the main page.

At least, I'm pretty sure this is the one...

Also, I'm thinking the NRHP listing isn't meant to be reflected here, though I'm not sure if the Register itself has been updated to reflect that the original bridge (which is/was on the Register) is no longer there.