St. Joseph County Historic Bridge To Get New Life Elsewhere
So what do you do with an old historic bridge when its usefulness has been exhausted? SImple. Move it.
That's what the Michigan Department of Transportation plans to do with the M-86 bridge over the Prairie River in Centreville.
And it won't be the first time it's been done.
The structure, a historic camelback pony truss bridge, was moved once before. It was constructed in 1923 at its original location on Telegraph Road over the Rouge River in Detroit. It was moved to St. Joseph County in 1938, under the Public Works Administration program.
Some renovation will need to take place as it is re-constructed at its new location on Crystal Springs Street over the Dowagiac River in Pokagon Township in Cass County. That's about 50 miles away from its current location.
The bridge has become obsolete in its current location according to MDOT, and a new, more modern structure will be constructed at the Centreville site.
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