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Slagle Creek bridge project complete

Slagle Creek Bridge
Before and after photos of Slagle Creek Bridge project. The top photo is the previous bridge, and the bottom photo is the new bridge. Construction began on October 26, 2022 and was completed on November 14, 2022. Photos provided by the USDA Forest Service.

CADILLAC – The Slagle Creek bridge replacement project along the Manistee River Trail has been completed just in time to experience beautiful winter scenery.

Funded by the Great American Outdoors Act, this project is a critical improvement for the highly used Manistee River Trail. “This bridge not only provides trail users a safe and sustainable route over Slagle Creek for years to come, but provides an attraction worth seeing itself,” said Cadillac Manistee District Ranger Scott Peedle. “This project was completed in an expedited manner which resulted in minimal impacts to users.”

Sixty feet long and five feet wide, the new structure is designed to withstand 90 pounds per square foot of pedestrian live load as well as winter dead load, said Forest Civil Engineer Jonathan Meeks. “This bridge is twelve inches wider than the previous bridge and the camber, or arch, of the bridge is based on a 900-foot radius.  In other words, it’s really strong and will last for generations,” Meeks explained.

Slagle Creek Bridge is on the Manistee River Trail approximately one quarter mile north of the trail’s intersection with Forest Road 7137 (S. Slagle Creek Road), Manistee County.

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