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Burroughs Street Bridge


The Belleville Bridge, In Its Original Home

This Parker camelback pony truss served the residents of Belleville, Wayne County, Michigan from 1924 until 1995, when it was dismantled and moved to this location.

Photo taken by Jean Manning, October 1992, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #120699


Parker pony truss bridge over Flat River on Burroughs Street
Vergennes, Kent County, Michigan
Replacement bridge open to traffic
Built 1924 in Belleville; Removed/Replaced 1994; Moved to Kent County,1995;
- Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio
8 panel, two lane, 120' long, single span, riveted Parker camelback pony truss.

In its first life, the bridge carried Belleville Road, formerly known as State Trunk Line No. 56, over Belleville Lake, also formerly known as Edison Lake, in Belleville, Michigan before it was moved here. The previous bridge at this location was moved to Portland, Michigan where it crosses the Looking Glass River.
Length of largest span: 119.8 ft.
Total length: 125.0 ft.
Deck width: 26.9 ft.
Also called
Belleville Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.96565, -85.35100   (decimal degrees)
42°57'56" N, 85°21'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/634483/4758319 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
MINBI 41322H00007B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 05182 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 37133 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 76.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 14, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning
  • August 11, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Wayne County DPS Roads Division - American Public Works Association, 1996 Project of The Year
  • HAER MI-72 - Burroughs Street Bridge, Spanning Flat River, Vergennes vicinity, Kent County, MI
  • HAER MI-66 - Belleville Road Bridge, Spanning Belleville Lake, Belleville, Wayne County, MI
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth