This is the Smallest Swing Bridge in the World – And it’s in Michigan
It's known as the Alanson Swing Bridge and carries River Street over the Inland Waterway. So where's Alanson and what's the Inland Waterday? Glad you asked.
Alanson is a village near the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula along US 31 in Emmet County just shy of 15 miles from Petoskey and 25 miles south of the Mackinac Bridge.
The small swing bridge crosses the Inland Waterway, a historic chain of lakes and small rivers that connects the waters of Lake Huron at Cheboygan to Lake Michigan at Petoskey, after a short portage.
This satellite view shows the swing bridge in a closed position.
Alanson Swing Bridge in Operation
If you're a driver on River Street, you'll be in for a wait when the gates go down to allow the boats to pass. Since it's a swing bridge, as opposed to a draw bridge, you don't have any chance to do a Dukes of Hazzard style jump running up the incline of a bridge. Leap the gap and you're smack perpendicular into the swing.
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