3 votes

Goodwin Road Bridge


Photo taken by John Berry in April 2011


BH Photo #198148



Through truss bridge over Grand River on Goodwin Road
Ionia County, Michigan
Closed to all traffic
Built 1909 by the Riverside Bridge Company of Martin's Ferry, Ohio
- Riverside Bridge Co. of Martins Ferry, Ohio
Two pin-connected, 10-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 148.0 ft.
Total length: 299.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.91477, -84.93287   (decimal degrees)
42°54'53" N, 84°55'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/668723/4753422 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Portland North
Inventory numbers
MINBI 34314H00015B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
BH 20068 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 28, 2011: New photos from John Berry
  • August 11, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Updated information



Goodwin Road Bridge
Posted May 1, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


I believe one of the strongest voices in favor of demolition passed away a couple years ago. Unfortunately the bridge is an expensive proposition to restore due to the fact that all pin plates on the lower chord connections have been compromised by dangerously poor repairs in the bridge's past that would all need to be replaced. That said, if anyone out there has a ton of money burning a whole in their pocket this bridge is available for reuse.

Goodwin Road Bridge
Posted April 30, 2018, by Mike (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Seven years later...evidently the quest to have the bridge removed must have fallen apart.

Assuming this Google Maps satellite view is accurate, it appears to still be standing in place: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9148171,-84.9328707,150m/dat...

A regular Google search also turned up these county Road Commission minutes: http://ioniacountyroads.org/images/2017_Board_Minutes_Qtr_2....

At the June 14 meeting just last year, someone was asking about its removal. The fact that that question would even be posed clearly means it was still there then - and I'm inclined to think it still is now.

Incidentally, there was another search result from a 2014 RC meeting where the preview mentions something about limited repairs to the bridge, but the link doesn't work so you can't read it from there.

Goodwin Road Bridge
Posted May 2, 2011, by John Berry (jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Sadly it looks doubtful that this bridge will be saved

Goodwin Road Bridge
Posted April 26, 2011, by John Berry (jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

A few pictures

Goodwin Road Bridge
Posted April 25, 2011, by John Berry (jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Was confirmed through the road commission that they are preparing to post requests for bids for the removal of this bridge

Goodwin Road Bridge
Posted April 24, 2011, by John Berry (jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was at this bridge today and was informed by one of the land owners on the east end of the bridge that it will be gone by the end of the year.

Grand River Bridge
Posted July 5, 2010, by James Simmons

Ill try to photograph this when I go there at the end of the month.