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White Pine Trail - Northland Drive Overpass

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Overview
Girder bridge over US-131 (Old) on MDOT RR (Abn.)
Location
Mecosta County, Michigan
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1931
Railroad
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Design
Pony plate girder
Dimensions
Span length: 71.9 ft.
Total length: 71.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.52848, -85.44196   (decimal degrees)
43°31'43" N, 85°26'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/625899/4820683 (zone/easting/northing)
Land survey
T. 13 N., R. 9 W., Sec. 7
Elevation
285 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
MINEW 06699 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
MINBI 54154011000X010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
BH 82851 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 19, 2019: New Street View added by Mike Kerkau
  • September 15, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added trail name
  • September 15, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein

Comments 

White Pine Trail - Northland Drive Overpass
Posted December 19, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

So, it turns out that the only reason this bridge exists in the first place is because U.S. 131, in its earliest years, was re-routed along Northland Drive such that the road ran underneath the railroad.

From its inception in 1926 up until October 3, 1930, U.S. 131 ran along 180th Avenue just to the west of this. It was on the 1930 date that 131 was re-routed - subsequently this bridge was built, and so forth. This remained the route of 131 until 1980 when the freeway was completed and open to traffic in this area.

The railroad actually originally began as the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad, but this bridge never served that line, as the Pennsylvania RR bought them in 1918. They were then bought by MDOT in 1975, and it looks like it largely ceased running as a railroad in 1984, save for a portion from Cadillac to Petoskey.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Rapids_and_Indiana_Railr...

The Michigan DNR then began converting the railroad into the White Pine Trail in 1994. Accordingly, they officially have jurisdiction/ownership over the Trail, though its upkeep largely has to fall on volunteers.

White Pine Trail - Northland Drive Overpass
Posted September 17, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Thanks Clark.

White Pine Trail - Northland Drive Overpass
Posted September 17, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

1958 topo shows Pennsylvania RR.

White Pine Trail - Northland Drive Overpass
Posted September 16, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Thanks Mike, wasn't sure of Former RR and if open to pedestrians. Im old and it was getting late so posted what I knew. Bridge titan LUKE as often happens fixed for me.

White Pine Trail - Northland Drive Overpass
Posted September 16, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

always appreciate your assist! Sometimes Ill post and come back. All edits to make for clarity correctness etc FINE with me. If Ive really missed the boat (as I have) let me know Ill Delete and start over.

White Pine Trail - Northland Drive Overpass
Posted September 15, 2018, by Luke

Dana/Kay often omits RR names or status (And sometimes design) if they don't know or cannot find them.

Sometimes irksome, but understandable considering some users get themselves worked up over the minutiae instead of just changing it.

_ _ RR-US 131 Bridge
Posted September 15, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Unknown status? There's a NBI report which would seem to indicate that it's still there, the StreetView shows likewise... nothing happened to this bridge very recently, did it?