Lilley Road–Lower Rouge River Bridge

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Lilley Road—Lower Rouge River Bridge
Lilley Road–Lower Rouge River Bridge is located in Michigan
Lilley Road–Lower Rouge River Bridge
Lilley Road–Lower Rouge River Bridge is located in the United States
Lilley Road–Lower Rouge River Bridge
LocationLilley Road over Lower River Rouge, Canton Township, Michigan
Coordinates42°16′46″N 83°27′24″W / 42.27944°N 83.45667°W / 42.27944; -83.45667Coordinates: 42°16′46″N 83°27′24″W / 42.27944°N 83.45667°W / 42.27944; -83.45667
Arealess than one acre
Built byMassillon Bridge and Structural Co.
ArchitectMichigan State Highway Department
Architectural styleCamelback pony truss
MPSHighway Bridges of Michigan MPS
NRHP reference #00000078[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 10, 2000

The Lilley Road—Lower Rouge River Bridge is an automotive bridge located on Lilley Road over the Lower River Rouge in Canton Township, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[1]


The Lilley Road Bridge spanning the Lower Rouge River was originally built in 1923–1924 by the Massillon Bridge Company of Massillon, Ohio, for installation where Telegraph Road crossed a branch of the River Rouge just north of Warren Road.[2] However, just ten years later, Wayne County widened Telegraph, necessitating the removal of the bridge.[2] At the same time, the county took responsibility for the Lilley Road crossing of the Lower River Rouge, which had been previously maintained by Canton Township. The county reworked the river channel and installed the truss bridge previously removed from the Telegraph Road site. The structural and historical integrity of the bridge was well-maintained during the re-installation.[2]


The Lilley Road Bridge over the Lower River Rouge is an eight-panel Pratt[3] camelback pony truss with an upper chord constructed from back-to-back channels tied by X-lacing, a lower chord constructed from channels with battens, and a floor of built-up I-beams riveted to superstructure.[2] The entire length of the superstructure is 90 feet (27 m), with an 84-foot (26 m) span. The structure width is 27 feet (8.2 m), with a cantilevered sidewalk on each side of the roadway.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e Staff. "Lilley Road Bridge". Historic Sites Online. Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
  3. ^ "Lilley Road Bridge". Retrieved May 9, 2019.[unreliable source?]

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