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Krepps Road - Looking Glass River Bridge

Photos 

Krepps Road- Looking Glass River Bridge

Lansing State Journal: March 30 1966

BH Photo #450042

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Looking Glass River on Krepps Road
Location
Clinton County, Michigan
Status
Struck by car March 30, 1966, and collapsed
History
Collapsed in 1966, and possibly never rebuilt; Road closed in 1980; Removed circa 1984
Design
Through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.85166, -84.50361   (decimal degrees)
42°51'06" N, 84°30'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/703970/4747365 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 85603 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Clinton County, Michigan (17)
Destroyed by collision (89)
Lost (24,183)
Lost 1984 (110)
Lost during 1980s (1,343)
Michigan (1,118)
Owned by county (20,591)
Through truss (14,889)
Truss (32,502)
Wooden deck (6,050)

Update Log 

  • June 19, 2019: Added by Melissa Brand-Welch

Sources 

  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

Krepps Road - Looking Glass River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I could conceivably see it setting there until it completely fell into the stream and the county was forced to remove it.

Krepps Road - Looking Glass River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

A portion of the road was abandoned in 1983

Krepps Road - Looking Glass River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

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?

Krepps Road - Looking Glass River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Yea, Babcock is on its way !

Krepps Road - Looking Glass River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

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 !

Krepps Road - Looking Glass River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

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. ;)

Krepps Road - Looking Glass River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Lansing State Journal

June 28 1981

Krepps Road - Looking Glass River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Lansing State Journal

December 25 1983

Krepps Road - Looking Glass River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Do you have a Theory ? I'm Intrigued.

Krepps Road - Looking Glass River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

...maybe? Seems like an awfully long time to be just left to rot in an already-collapsed condition - 15 years, at a minimum.

Krepps Road - Looking Glass River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thanks Mike ! I wonder if the remnants of the bridge were left to rot ?

Krepps Road - Looking Glass River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

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.