|Lilley Road Bridge||Truss||Lilley Road||Wayne County, MI||Canton Township||Lower Rouge River|
This bridge was originally built in 1923 on Telegraph Road over the Middle River Rouge, but was moved a long time ago, in 1933 to its current location.
This bridge is an eight panel Pratt pony truss with riveted connections. It retains original guardrails on both the roadway and the sidewalk, although modern Armco guardrails have been added in front of the original roadway guardrails. The bridge has v-lacing on diagonal members, and lattice on the top and bottom of the top chord. The bridge sits on concrete abutments. MDOT's website said the bridge was sandblasted and painted in 1995, although it really doesn't show today. Although the majority of the bridge is still good, there is some bad rust damage, most likely initiated by salt application, on several parts of the bridge including the railing and lattice. I got the impression that the bridge had gone for far too long without paint before its 1995 repair work was done, since the paint was on top of some of the damage. Perhaps they could go back to what they used to do in St. Clair County some ten years ago, and not put salt on these bridges and instead use sand or cinders.