|Rynn and Fargo Road Bridges||Arch (Concrete)||Fargo Road and Rynn Road||St. Clair County, MI||Rural||Oloughlin Drain|
These two small bridges are barely large enough to be
considered officially bridges in the Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory, which
has a minimum length requirement of 20 feet. They were built in 1920.
St. Clair County once had a gargantuan two span concrete arch bridge on Comstock Road going over Black River, which was replaced by a simple, nondescript slab. Now the only arch bridges left in the county are these two 20 foot concrete arch bridges. Originally featuring simple pole guardrails characteristic of rural bridges, these have been replaced by metal guardrails.
The two bridges are identical, and cross the same drain. They once had metal pipe guardrails, which was common in a rural setting, but these have been replaced with modern armco guardrails. Remains of the old guardrails are still visible on the bridge.
These are small, and simple bridges yet they are still attractive and add interest to an otherwise normal country road drive.
St. Clair County apparently does not want any historic arch bridges, and as a result they want to destroy these bridges. Sadly, I don't think these bridges will even be granted the dignity of being replaced with a slab. It is likely that a simple culvert will replace them, due to their small size. A culvert is the only thing worse than a modern bridge to replace a historic bridge.