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Mecum Road Timber Bridge Completed on Manistee North Branch

The Mecum road crossing consisted of five undersized culverts and was severely impounding water and backing up sand for ¾ mile upstream, in addition to drastically warming the water upstream of the crossing. Brook trout had been nearly extirpated from the stream stretch upstream of the crossing.

Surveys from 2002-2004 showed abundant brook trout, with some exceeding 12” in length. However, in a 2008 survey, only two brook trout were caught in the reach; the habitat had dramatically changed.

Mecum Road was considered the worst remaining crossing on the North Branch of the Manistee. The old structures were removed and replaced with a modern timber bridge, setting the stage for this important stretch of river to regain it's vitality and health.

Pleasantview Road Timber Bridge Completed

The West Branch of the Maple in Emmet County is known to support the best trout fishery and coldest water within the watershed. The old crossing (site #E-8) consisted of 3 culverts that were critically failing to the extent that they were blocking fish passage. Erosion from the road shoulders and embankment contributed excessive sand to the river. The undersized and failing culverts caused flooding and consequent warming of upstream waters.

The project involved replacing the existing culverts with a free-span 40ft. timber bridge structure, which will accommodate the natural flow of the river. In addition, the embankments were stabilized, and road runoff is now properly managed to reduce/eliminate sedimentation at the crossing.

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