It can be fixed, we repaired it enough that it could be picked up in one piece and set along the road, to be taken apart
At least the bridge still exists, even if someone that may never use it has it at the moment...there is a chance he may do something with it...if he hadn't "conned" the old bridge out of the county, they would have just sentenced it straight to the dumpster.
Unless that local knows a good Blacksmith...I doubt that he will get very far with his project.
The bridge has been replaced, insurance of the truck driver that damaged it paid most of the bill, a local resident conned the insurance and the county out of the old truss, and he plans to put it up on his property, which will most likely never happen and he will eventually scrap it. it could be repaired and used again, but most likely will not happen.
This bridge was damaged by a tractor trailer that crossed the bridge. He left the scene but a witness was able to provide a great description and he was caught.
No...it's certainly not mangled like some I have seen in the past. I was even kind of wondering if the right person could brace it from underneath and just remove the damaged truss for repair and then reassemble it on site. Need to have John Camden or one of the Michigan guys to have a look.
Now if only we could get the powers that be to concur.
From a shop restoration standpoint it doesn't look like that big of a deal. The pin plate snapped apart, big deal. Put a new pin plate on, heat straighten any bending in the chords, put it back in service.
I even wonder if it's going to be replaced period. There's no compelling reason that I'm aware of to have a bridge there. There's only a few houses on the East side. While I'm sure they'd like easier access restored I think getting an administrator to pop for the cost won't be easy since there is reasonable access from another direction
The best hope for this one might be getting it dismantled and taken to a blacksmith for straightening and repairs.
If this were a car I'd say it was totaled. Without some strong reason to preserve this bridge, it's going to be scrap.
Finally got around to the East side to get some pics from that end. Got the added bonus of crossing three pony trusses and one through truss in only a couple of miles of Deep Cut Lake Road to get there. I presume the abraded areas on the end of the damaged truss are from some vehicle but I would have expected something more definite than what's there.
Heavy damage certainly...but still repairable. I wonder if they know who hit it and if they have insurance.
I hope they do the right thing here!
Bridge was still there when I passed by this evening and the damage is less severe, though still bad enough, than I had thought from my previous brief view passing by at 60mph. Got some pictures this time, all from the West end because I wasn't quite sure how to get to the East side without a map, and have added them to the listing. If it's still there next week I'll get over to the East side.
Happened to notice this evening that this bridge has been heavily damaged on the East end in a manner that suggests it had been run into. The Southern truss had been bent outward to something approaching 45 degrees and extending to almost the middle of the bridge, while the Northern truss had been bent towards the South but at a lesser angle. Did see the road was blocked off by a large gravel pile, but didn't see any heavy equipment. Would have turned around and got pics but the car was throwing a fit so I considered it better to keep moving while I could. Unfortunately it will probably be gone by the time I can get back that way next week.
Robert: thanks for posting the info on this bridge. I came across this bridge during my travels in Indiana in 2005. I thought this bridge was in Martin county and now your posting confirmed it. At first I thought this bridge was on a private driveway.