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Those articles do explain a lot.
Although, knowing that this turns out to be yet another overweight truck victim almost makes me sorry for asking. :-/ And then, knowing that the replacement only barely lasted longer than this, and that probably didn't have any destructive accidents - instead, probably simple neglect did that one in...
Sigh. Lot of sad tidings in the history of this location.
In looking for bridges in or around this location, I started at the beginning - 1992 - and the best I could find was a joint U.S. 31/U.S. 33 crossing, for a bridge that was built in 1949. Bar a surprise relocation, that wouldn't be this bridge, so instead it'd be when this one came down.
The 1949 bridge changes to a 1994-built bridge - its current iteration - in the 96 listing. The location listing changes to U.S. 31 Business Route in 2004, and then to the current M-139 in 2012. That's where the Michigan Highways information backs this up, as per their records, a section of U.S. 31 freeway opening removed 31 from Berrien Springs in 2003, and then in 2010, Business 31 is referred to as soon-to-be M-139.