There was supposed to be a complete rehab of this bridge in the works. I know that Barker submitted a proposal several years back that included complete replication of all the decorative cast portal elements. With the loss of the Howard Bridge in Ohio a couple years ago this is likely the oldest remaining Columbia Bridge Works span. I would assume that budget restraints have hurt these plans.
As for the MOB...that is indeed very short-sighted on their part. Like Michigan, Indiana has numerous pony trusses available that would fit the bill here perfectly.
A contract has been let to add a modern railing to this bridge. The original railing will be left in place. Also, the contract includes the construction of a 50 foot M.O.B. on the trailway that this bridge serves. It is unclear why a historic bridge is not being used for this purpose, however I am extremely disappointed. We have several abandoned historic bridges in Michigan that are around 50 foot in length that could have been used.