Jefferson Avenue–Huron River and Harbin Drive–Silver Creek Canal Bridges
Jefferson Avenue-Huron River and Harbin Drive-Silver Creek Canal Bridges
Location within the state of Michigan
|Location||West Jefferson Avenue over Huron River and Harbin Dr. over Silver Creek Canal
Berlin and Brownstown, MI
|Architect||Michigan State Highway Department|
|MPS||Highway Bridges of Michigan MPS|
|NRHP Reference #||00000080|
|Added to NRHP||February 10, 2000|
The Jefferson Avenue–Huron River and Harbin Drive–Silver Creek Canal Bridges are two separate bridges, sharing a continuous railing, that were jointly listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 10, 2000.
The Jefferson Avenue Bridge carries West Jefferson Avenue (known south of the river as the U.S. Turnpike) across the Huron River, which connects Brownstown Charter Township in Wayne County to Berlin Charter Township in Monroe County. Along with the Clinton–Kalamazoo Canal, it is one of two properties listed on the National Register in Michigan to span two counties.[a] The Harbin Drive Bridge is located entirely within Wayne County. Both bridges are located about one mile (0.6 km) inland from Lake Erie on a historically important route between Detroit and Toledo. The Jefferson Avenue Bridge is also designated as a Michigan Historic Site.
Jefferson Avenue Bridge
The larger of the two bridges is the three-span Jefferson Avenue Bridge. It is 165 feet (50 m) long and 36 feet (11 m) wide. It carries a two-lane road, known as West Jefferson Avenue north of the river and as the U.S. Turnpike south of the river. It was built in 1930 by the Michigan Department of Transportation and replaced an earlier hand drawn swing bridge. The new beam bridge was built high enough to where it could remain stationary and still allow small vessels to pass beneath it. Because of the amount of traffic that travels across it, the bridge has deteriorated in recent years.
Harbin Drive Bridge
The Harbin Drive Bridge is a much smaller bridge at only 45 feet (14 m) long and 27 feet (8.2 m) wide. It carries the sparsely traveled Harbin Drive over the Silver Creek Canal, which drains into the Huron River. It is located just north of the Jefferson Avenue Bridge, and the two are connected by a continuous railing. The Harbin Drive Bridge was actually constructed a few years earlier than the Jefferson Avenue Bridge, although this exact construction date is unknown. Harbin Drive is a gravel road that connects a few residential dwellings on a narrow island in the river.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. May 20, 2010.
- Historic Bridges (2010). "Jefferson Avenue Bridge & Harbin Avenue Bridge". Retrieved July 10, 2010.
- Staff (2009). "Jefferson Avenue Bridge". State Historic Preservation Office. Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
- Historic Bridges (2010). "Original Jefferson Avenue Bridge". Retrieved July 10, 2010.