Krepps Road- Looking Glass River Bridge
Lansing State Journal: March 30 1966
BH Photo #450042
I could conceivably see it setting there until it completely fell into the stream and the county was forced to remove it.
A portion of the road was abandoned in 1983
Doubt it was replaced, even with a temporary span to keep the road open at that point, not if the road was being abandoned.
Speaking of which - I'm guessing you found a 1980 article on the road being closed?
Yea, Babcock is on its way !
Mike, after reading the two articles, I believe the bridge was repaired or replaced after the 1966 collapse. But I have not found any information on it. Thank you for looking on HA !
Admittedly, I did not/do not have an alternative theory, just that leaving a partially-collapsed structure sitting there for 15 years or more when it was known to be collapsed seems awfully neglectful - in turn making me wonder whether to believe that to be the case. (Someone please correct me on this if it really is more common than you'd think to leave collapsed bridges that are known to be collapsed to just sit there.)
Both of those new article finds are great - nice work!
With regards to the 1981, both of the other two bridges mentioned there are also posted here, and that article gives a little more insight as to how long they were both out of service. (Bauer Road is now one of the bridges in the Calhoun County Historic Bridge Park, Monroe Road was dismantled and put into storage in 2001.) 50 feet for a through truss - mentioned for THIS bridge - seems awfully small, though.
The 1983 seems to be the epilogue to this bridge's story. And it makes me wonder if we should expect to see a Babcock Road entry soon. ;)
Lansing State Journal
June 28 1981
December 25 1983
Do you have a Theory ? I'm Intrigued.
...maybe? Seems like an awfully long time to be just left to rot in an already-collapsed condition - 15 years, at a minimum.
Thanks Mike ! I wonder if the remnants of the bridge were left to rot ?
Punching this location into Historic Aerials turns up something surprising: Both 1970 and 1981 show that something is still there! It's not until 1993 that there's clearly no longer anything there. (There are no views between any of those years.)
Either those views are wildly inaccurate for whatever reason, or there may be a hidden later chapter to this bridge that we don't yet know.