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Campbell Road - Pinnebog River Bridge

Photos 

Campbell Road - Pinnebog River Bridge

The Times Herald: October 22 1962

BH Photo #450045

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Pinnebog River on Campbell Road
Location
Huron County, Michigan
Status
Collapsed due to car colliding with bridge superstructure on or around October 22, 1962
History
Built 1910; collapsed due to collision October 1962
Design
Pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.86246, -83.14872   (decimal degrees)
43°51'45" N, 83°08'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/327329/4858840 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 85605 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Built 1910 (1,088)
Built during 1910s (9,179)
Destroyed by collision (71)
Huron County, Michigan (7)
Lost (21,383)
Lost 1962 (56)
Lost during 1960s (583)
Michigan (1,014)
Owned by county (19,768)
Pony truss (15,572)
Truss (30,973)
Wooden deck (5,994)

Update Log 

  • July 5, 2019: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Updated history and status based on comments and articles
  • July 5, 2019: New photos from Byron Miller
  • June 19, 2019: Added by Melissa Brand-Welch

Sources 

  • Mike Kerkau - mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Byron Miller
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

Campbell Road - Pinnebog River Bridge
Posted July 7, 2019, by Byron Miller

I couldn't discern, definitively. It does appear that a new concrete "cap(?) was constructed, possibly to raise the elevation of the bridge above the water by about 2 feet. Next time there, I can bring more appropriate clothes to investigate.

Campbell Road - Pinnebog River Bridge
Posted July 5, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Did they reuse the abutments?

Campbell Road - Pinnebog River Bridge
Posted July 5, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Byron, thank you for the photos of the replacement bridge.

Campbell Road - Pinnebog River Bridge
Posted July 5, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

I thought not, given the type change.

Campbell Road - Pinnebog River Bridge
Posted July 5, 2019, by Byron Miller

Drove there, this morning. Certainly no longer a pony truss.

Campbell Road - Pinnebog River Bridge
Posted June 20, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Tony: That would explain a lot. As Nathan said, there's plenty of "repairs" that are really replacements, and it's especially noticeable when the structure type changes in the listing.

Melissa: The other (slight) flaw lies on the newspaper end, in that some liberty was taken with the direction. The location you originally posted does fit better as a purely "northeast" direction from Elkton. That said, all this discussion lets me answer a question I have in my notes - a few months ago, I took notes on the older bridges from this county, and for this I'd listed that 1963 may or may not be a replacement (but either way, there's no StreetView). This would certainly answer that question.

That is to say, thank you for posting this in the first place!

Campbell Road - Pinnebog River Bridge
Posted June 20, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I do believe the location Mike provided is correct. I simply overlooked it. I agree the NBI has somewhat flawed information. In Illinois it lists ponies as through trusses. I think there was something in the forum about that the other day on another bridge.

Campbell Road - Pinnebog River Bridge
Posted June 20, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I can tell you Michigan's NBI data has a number of instances where a "replacement" shows as a "rehab" so that's not unusual in this state.

Campbell Road - Pinnebog River Bridge
Posted June 20, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is likely another instance where the substructure (abutments) were reused for the replacement span. The NBI date would remain unchanged if that were the case.

Campbell Road - Pinnebog River Bridge
Posted June 19, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Mike, it certainly seems like an oversight on my end. I am changing the information now. Thank you for your help!

Campbell Road - Pinnebog River Bridge
Posted June 19, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is this the location for this bridge, or would it be the one here?: http://bridgereports.com/1250498

That link would also be "northeast" of Elkton, albeit much more north than east - but it's worth noting that that one has a build year of 1910 and repair year of 1963. Granted, there's a good chance that "1963" represents a new build entirely and thus listing it as a "repair" year is in error, but the 1963 stat nonetheless stands out given the 1962 collapse of the bridge in the article here. Not helping matters is that the location currently mapped is listed as the East Branch of the Pinnebog.

Essentially, I'm wondering if there's a possibility that the location I'm linking to is the correct one - a truss built in (or around) 1910, and the listed "repair" in 1963 is actually the replacement because of what happened in '62? Would that fit, or is there something else that proves it is the east location?