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Fry Road Bridge


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Photo taken by Mike Kerkau in April 2021


BH Photo #494778


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Pony/through plate girder bridge over Misteguay Creek on Fry Road
Saginaw County, Michigan
Intact but closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Posted for demolition and replacement in the May 7, 2021 letting; if awarded, this would undergo replacement no earlier than Spring/Summer 2021
Built 1908 on Gratiot Road as a two-span bridge; one span relocated here in 1957; closed June 21, 2019 following failed inspection
- Central States Bridge Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
- Raff & Dexter (approach spans only)
Pony plate girder
Length of largest span: 90.9 ft.
Total length: 152.9 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.29194, -83.99222   (decimal degrees)
43°17'31" N, 83°59'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/257260/4797583 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
MINEW 09213 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 53162 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 40.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 29, 2021: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated demolition plans.
  • April 6, 2021: New photos from Mike Kerkau
  • July 15, 2019: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Doomed
  • August 12, 2012: Added by James Baughn



Fry Road Bridge
Posted April 29, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Bridge is posted for demolition and replacement in the May 7th MDOT letting.

Fry Road Bridge
Posted December 14, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Mentioned in the comments regarding the Fergus Road replacement at Fairchild Creek (not listed here, but is listed on Historic Bridges...incidentally Nathan, you can sadly drop the X on that one now), is some update for this location:


Of note: When this one closed, they were using Fergus as a detour route...up until it came time to start THAT project! Suffice it to say that people aren't happy with the ever-shifting detours.

Fry Road Bridge
Posted July 15, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Central States Bridge Company was definitely the King of the Plate Girders!

Fry Road Bridge
Posted July 15, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Additional picture of closure, with most recent load limits visible: https://www.facebook.com/scrcroads/photos/a.604360799583703/...

Fry Road Bridge
Posted July 15, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sadly, this one is now doomed. Saginaw County Road Commission has deemed this one as no longer safe for traffic and has closed it off, effective June 21, and are set on replacing it. No specifics have yet been locked down, however.