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Little Muskegon River Bridge


Photo taken by John Berry in May 2011


BH Photo #200101



Pony truss bridge over Little Muskegon River on 120th Avenue
Mecosta County, Michigan
Closed to all traffic
Built 1897
Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 61.0 ft.
Total length: 62.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.51972, -85.32333   (decimal degrees)
43°31'11" N, 85°19'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/635505/4819897 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
MINBI 54310H00023B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
BH 20139 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


19th Century (7,567)
Built 1897 (266)
Built during 1890s (2,982)
Closed (2,665)
Mecosta County, Michigan (7)
Michigan (1,125)
Owned by county (20,783)
Pony truss (16,186)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,076)
Structurally deficient (14,194)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,300)
Truss (32,798)
Warren pony truss (3,359)
Warren truss (6,566)
Wooden deck (6,069)

Update Log 

  • June 2, 2011: New photos from John Berry



Little Muskegon River Bridge
Posted November 17, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The bridge is still standing in the image i see on google. The south half looks like its missing because its in the shade and looks black.

Little Muskegon River Bridge
Posted November 17, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Local Bridge Program is a application process to MDOT by counties. Sometimes MDOT grants the money other times they do not. Some bridges in rural counties are applied for annually by counties and annually rejected by MDOT. I am not sure if the county application was ever funded by MDOT.

Little Muskegon River Bridge
Posted November 17, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

"Bridge Status: This bridge's owner has applied for 2013 Local Bridge Program demolition funding!"

Six years ago, but I wonder if there's been any change in status since then?

Satellite appears to be a really bad rendering in this area, like there's a piece of the bridge on the north side of the river but nothing actually crossing it, except that the imaging doesn't seem natural. It looks more like the bridge might still be there, but the image is abruptly cut off below that north side piece.