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Sterling Road Bridge


Sterling Rd. Bridge

Photo taken by Janis Ford in September 2009


BH Photo #301419

Street Views 


Moved to current location in 2004 from Hillsdale County. Focal point of Morenci's annual Labor Day Bridge Walk, a miniature version of the famous Mackinac Bridge Walk.


Pratt through truss bridge over Silver Creek on Sidewalk beside M-156
Morenci, Lenawee County, Michigan
Open to pedestrians only
Built in 1897 in Hillsdale County; Moved to Lenawee County in 2004 for use as pedestrian-only bridge
- Toledo Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio [also known as Smith Bridge Co.]
5-panel, pin-connected Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 82.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.71260, -84.21144   (decimal degrees)
41°42'45" N, 84°12'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/731988/4621625 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
730 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 63606 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 28, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Modified description and design details; added link about Labor Day Bridge Walk
  • August 22, 2021: New Street View added by Paul Plassman
  • August 20, 2019: New photos from Rick McOmber
  • October 13, 2014: Added by Janis Ford

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Sterling Road Bridge
Posted February 16, 2021, by Paul

This extremely picturesque and well-maintained bridge is the centerpiece of Morenci's Labor Day Bridge Walk, an annual event imitating the five-mile walk over the Mackinac Bridge at the other end of the state. The railings are not original but do have a lattice design.

Some personally measured bridge statistics for whoever is interested:

Truss Height: Approximately 16 feet 8 inches

Endpost size: 6 3/16" by 12 1/8"

Lower Chords: 2" by 3/4" eyebars

Vertical Members: 5" by 11 15/16"

Diagonal Members: 1 15/16" by 9/16" eyebars except on central panel

Floor Beams: "Fishbelly" in design, 24" greatest depth

Stringers: 10 1/4" by 4/12" I-beams

Number of Rivets: Approximately 4,090

Photos taken in 2017 and 2018