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Hickory Island Bridge


Photo taken by Sherman Cahal in 2016


View this photo at bridgestunnels.com

BH Photo #387343



MDOT gave a 1920 build date for this span. Being as it is a pinned Pratt truss with latticed portal bracing, it more likely dates from around the turn of the century.

See pictures on Historic Bridges.org



Through truss bridge over Rifle River on Hickory Island Road
Arenac County, Michigan
Derelict/abandoned (de-listed from the NBI in 2018)
Thought to have been built close to around 1900; closed to traffic February 19, 2009
- Carnegie Steel Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (fabricator)
Pinned Pratt through truss
Span length: 128.0 ft.
Total length: 128.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 21.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.01500, -83.82389   (decimal degrees)
44°00'54" N, 83°49'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/273650/4877416 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1998)
Inventory numbers
MINBI 06302H00005B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 00450 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 19957 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2016)
Sufficiency rating: 21.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 9, 2020: New photos from Mike Kerkau
  • April 18, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • April 17, 2017: New photos from Sherman Cahal
  • September 17, 2011: New photo from Luke Harden
  • September 17, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated information



Hickory Island Bridge
Posted June 9, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Finally was able to make it up there today. Didn't have very much time available, so all I could get was the three pictures.

From the looks of it, about the only way it looks any worse for wear is that its "abandoned" status appears to be starting to show, as evidenced by the overgrowth around. Other than that, it looks just fine. Oh, and there's no sign of any lingering "washouts" from 3 weeks ago, at least not approaching from the west (didn't try the other side).

Was surprised by how high up over the river it appears to be up close. And yes, the third picture was taken sideways.

Hickory Island Bridge
Posted May 21, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

A resident posted to Arenac County 911's Facebook page that the road is washed out at Hale Road, so the east approach would be inaccessible for the time being. The west might be reachable, unless the Hansel Road issues just west of the bridge prove otherwise.

He also specifically didn't mention the bridge itself having any issues, so it looks like this one will continue to live on.

Hickory Island Bridge
Posted May 19, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

With the heavy rains of the past few days, the Rifle River is experiencing a record-setting flood right now.

A few hours ago, it was reported that a 4-foot section of Hansel Road, 3 feet deep, was washed out at/near the corner. No word on the bridge thus far, but suffice it to say there's cause to worry.

Hickory Island Bridge
Posted March 17, 2012, by frank fick (fickkats [at] aol [dot] com)

Hensel rd bridge

Hickory Island Bridge
Posted March 17, 2012, by frank fick (fickkats [at] aol [dot] com)

Right around the corner on Hensel rd

Hickory Island Bridge
Posted March 17, 2012, by frankfick (fickkats [at] aol [dot] com)


Hickory Island Bridge
Posted September 17, 2011, by Frank Fick (fickkats [at] aol [dot] com)

Bridge closed for at least 2 yrs.Just a small barrier to stop a car from crossing.Can still walk on it.