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Pere Marquette - Black River Bridge

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View from the north

Note the christmas ornament on the top

Photo taken by Jann Mayer in February 2008

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/port-huron/20...

The historic train bridge at the edge of the Black River in Port Huron isn't going anywhere soon.

Collette Luff, a regulatory project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said there's no timeline as to when a final decision will be made on a demolition permit that was filed nearly five years ago.

Officials previously hoped for a decision by the end of 2016.

"I'm finishing up my review of alternatives to avoid, minimize, mitigate the adverse effects of removing the bridge from the historic property," she said.

Once that review is complete, it will be considered internally before being sent to the State Historic Preservation Office, Luff said.

The Pere Marquette bridge's historical nature is what is making it such a complex process, she said.

"Removing the bridge would destroy the physical characteristics that make it eligible for listing," Luff said.

The alternatives to demolition include doing nothing, preserving the site using federal criteria, moving the bridge to another location and recordation which would entail a historian documenting the site prior to demolition or removal.

Luff said she doesn't have a time line for when her review will be completed.

The Port Huron Yacht Club applied for the permit in March 2012.

The club purchased the 3.3-acre parcel known as Scenic Point and wanted to remove the 86-year-old bridge to make room for an observation deck.

"The yacht club continues to do its due diligence and we continue to patiently wait this process out," said Tyson Connolly, yacht club publicity chairman and past commodore.

Connolly said being patient isn't new for the club.

"The yacht club has a long history of patiently waiting things out and our history shows we do good work once what we request happens," he said.

While the yacht club has asked for the removal, others have said the bridge is iconic to the city and needs to stay.

Marcia Haynes, who started the nonprofit Friends of the Pere Marquette Bridge, said the group submitted plans for restoring the bridge two years ago.

The nonprofit's plans include leaving it where is stands, cleaning it, putting lights on it, and renting it from the yacht club for $1 a year.

"We will have to wait," Haynes said in a message. "We realize this is a little out of the ordinary for the Army Corps of Engineers."

The nonprofit can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/PHBlackRiverBridge.

Facts 

Overview
Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Black River on Pere Marquette Railroad (abandoned)
Location
Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan
Status
Closed to all traffic; the yacht club that now owns the bridge proposed to demolish it as of December 2011
History
Built 1931
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Pere Marquette Railroad (PM)
Design
Warren through truss with all verticals
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 173.0 ft.
Total length: 234.0 ft.
Also called
Pere Marquette Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.97376, -82.42029   (decimal degrees)
42°58'26" N, 82°25'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/384184/4758879 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Port Huron
Inventory number
BH 52076 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 7, 2017: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Update on long-postponed--perhaps indefinitely--demolitiomn
  • October 28, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 21, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • August 16, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 7, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • August 27, 2013: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • October 5, 2012: New photo from Jann Mayer
  • October 4, 2012: New photo from Jann Mayer
  • April 17, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Fixed category to use pre-existing "Abt Bascule Bridge" category.
  • April 17, 2012: Added by Frank Hicks

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Frank Hicks
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Jann Mayer - jannmayer [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Comments 

PM Black River Bridge
Posted January 31, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Online petition to preserve this bridge:

https://www.change.org/petitions/michigan-s-state-historic-p...