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NS - Dexter-Pinckney Road Overpass


Photo taken by Jim Allen in Nov. 2012


BH Photo #313871

Street View 


The road this bridge crosses is named 'Island Lake' by Google Maps & a Dexter city map, but called 'Dexter-Pinckney' by Bing Maps & a road sign just southeast of the bridge.


Stone arch bridge over Dexter-Pinckney Road on NS Railroad
Dexter, Washtenaw County, Michigan
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Frederick Blackburn Pelham (Design)
Built 1891
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Conrail (CR)
- Michigan Central Railroad (MC)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Stone arch
Span length: 25.9 ft.
Total length: 25.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.8 ft.
Also called
Penn Central Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.33944, -83.89194   (decimal degrees)
42°20'22" N, 83°53'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/261763/4691516 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
MINBI 81200071000X010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 10993 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 20265 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 6, 2021: New Street View added by Paul Plassman
  • March 6, 2020: Updated by Mike Kerkau: "Truck eating", bridge is also on an Amtrak line
  • November 13, 2016: New photos from Rick McOmber
  • November 21, 2015: Updated by Jim Allen: added road naming note & history
  • January 16, 2015: New photo from Jim Allen



NS - Dexter-Pinckney Road Overpass
Posted March 6, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Also, while the bridge is signed for a clearance of 11 feet 10 inches - at least on one side still - apparently that's no longer enough:


That article referred to Amtrak, making me wonder why - turns out this Norfolk Southern line does serve their Wolverine train on a Chicago-to-Pontiac trip.

NS - Dexter-Pinckney Road Overpass
Posted December 9, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to Hyde's 1976 inventory, this was said to have been built by a contractor named Griffon, and a stone inside the arch reads, "H.B. Ledyard, Pres. - L.D. Hawks, Engineer".

I have no idea what entities any of those people would have been associated with. Only posting them here on the off-chance that someone else might know...?