|Bridge Name||Facility Carried / Feature Intersected||Location||Structure Type||Construction Date / Builder or Contractor|
|Fort Street Bridge||Fort Street Over Power Canal||Sault Ste. Marie: Chippewa County, Michigan||Metal Pinned Pennsylvania Through Truss, Stationary||1902 By: New Castle Bridge Company of New Castle, Indiana|
|Structure Length||Main Spans||Approach Spans|
|234 Feet (71.3 Meters)||1||None|
This is an extremely rare pinned Pennsylvania highway truss bridge. There is only one other Pennsylvania truss bridge in Michigan, the CR-510 bridge. Pennsylvania truss bridges are generally quite stunning, due to the complex arrangement of members. This Fort Street bridge is no exception. In its original location, original lattice guardrails were present on the bridge, and a wooden deck was present. Extensive V-lacing on many parts of the bridge add to the visual qualities of the structure.
This bridge is being moved and restored! The bridge will remain in Sault Ste Marie, but in Ashmun Bay Park. The original railings will be retained in the restoration, which is good news. The restoration has process has been slow. Luke Gordon visited Sault Ste Marie in 2005 and did some investigating and found the bridge in a pile of parts in a fenced in area! No sand blasting or riveting appeared to have been done to them yet. Some photos are available of this in the photo gallery.
Information and Findings From MDOT
One of only two Pennsylvania through truss highway bridges left in
Michigan. This design, common for railroad bridges, was rare for highway
bridge applications. The builder, the New Castle Bridge Company of New
Castle, Indiana, was a prolific nineteenth century metal truss bridge