Burt Rd. / Silver CreekCounty: Hillsdale
City/Township: Ransom Twp.
Location: Burt Rd. / Silver Creek
Year Built: 1918 About this Bridge:
Trunk Line Bridge No. 237 is eligible for the National Register as a well-preserved, early example of a concrete-arch bridge built according to a state highway department standard plan. An 1894 atlas shows a thoroughfare following the present route of Burt Road, presumably carried across Silver Creek by a previous structure. At the time of the present bridge's construction, this unpaved section of Burt Road formed part of State Highway No. 308, which ran east-west. Identified by the bridge plate as Trunk Line Bridge No. 237, the structure was built by the state highway department during Frank F. Rogers's term as commissioner. The plate also names Beighton and Spaulding, a company based in Pioneer, Ohio, as the contractor. The bridge's design is apparently based upon the highway department's standardized plan for reinforced concrete arches, which was presented in the department's 1914 Fifth Biennial Report. The 1916 report contains a photograph of a similar 40-foot span in Berrien County, the North Watervliet Road Bridge, which is still extant and is also eligible for the National Register.