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Rouge River Bridge


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BH Photo #504006



Lost Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Rouge River on Michigan Avenue (US-12, formerly US-112)
Dearborn, Wayne County, Michigan
Replaced by new bridge
Built ca. 1914.
- Wynkoop & McGormley of Lansing, Michigan
Closed-spandrel arch, concrete cantilever design
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.30899, -83.22223   (decimal degrees)
42°18'32" N, 83°13'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/316849/4686475 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 94042 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Arch (12,530)
Built during 1910s (9,883)
Cantilevered (307)
Closed-spandrel arch (4,206)
Dearborn, Michigan (5)
Deck arch (11,770)
Lost (27,337)
Michigan (1,318)
Owned by state (16,316)
Replaced by new bridge (18,557)
US 112 (4)
US 12 (53)
Wayne County, Michigan (89)
Wynkoop & McGormley (4)

Update Log 

  • August 23, 2021: Added by Nathan Holth


Rouge River Bridge
Posted August 23, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

The current bridges at this location were built in 2009 - so, in checking for what came before, those were built in 1967, and already had the Eastbound/Westbound separation. That's probably when this stretch of Michigan Avenue became divided highway, as Historic Aerials shows the single multi-lane highway through 1964, and 1966 looks like the divided highway is under construction.

If it can be assumed that this bridge lasted until the change to divided highway in the 60s, then this in fact ended up serving U.S. 112 for much longer than it did U.S. 12.


On May 19, 1931, a 0.6-mile portion of Michigan Avenue from Oakwood Boulevard east to Wyoming Avenue - which includes this crossing - was incorporated into the state trunkline system.

It then appears that this stretch of 112 remained constant until the entire route within the state was supplanted by the complete re-routing of U.S. 12 in 1961-62.

That would amount to 30 years as a part of 112 and just around 5 years as a part of 12.

Rouge River Bridge
Posted August 23, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)