Cooley Bridge

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Cooley Bridge, Wellston, MI, United States

ARCHITECT: Wisconsin Bridge Company 

Completed in 1934, Cooley Bridge is an impressive structure, and is among Michigan’s rarest truss bridge types. Named after Mortimer E. Cooley, a University of Michigan professor and dean, the bridge is highly attractive with most beams on the bridge being built-up with v-lacing and/or lattice. Spaning an impressive 300’ at the main span, the total span is 613 feet from beginning to end. The roadway is 30’ wide.

There is a stairway that leads down beside the bridge for the purpose of viewing the bridge. The fact that the bridge is well-maintained and preserved is evidence that the bridge continues to be respected as a Michigan historic landmark and attraction.

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