3 votes

Coldwater Bridge


Photo taken by John Berry in May 2011


BH Photo #199059



Pony truss bridge over Coldwater River on Old US 12 in Coldwater
Branch County, Michigan
Removed but not replaced
Built 1920 by the Brookville Bridge Co.
- Brookville Bridge Co. of Brookville, Ohio
Riveted, 5-panel Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 64.0 ft.
Total length: 66.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 22, 1999
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.94551, -85.03083   (decimal degrees)
41°56'44" N, 85°01'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/663224/4645601 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Coldwater West
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 99001609 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
MINBI 124144400210B01 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
BH 19977 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 14 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


5-panel truss (485)
Branch County, Michigan (20)
Brookville Bridge Co. (28)
Built 1920 (1,016)
Built during 1920s (9,956)
Laced endposts (159)
Lost (24,977)
Lost 2018 (188)
Lost during 2010s (3,298)
Michigan (1,146)
NR-listed (2,961)
Owned by city (5,464)
Pony truss (16,242)
Pratt pony truss (3,654)
Pratt truss (9,347)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,103)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,318)
Truss (32,964)
US 12 (52)

Update Log 

  • August 5, 2018: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Bridge has been removed
  • May 14, 2011: New photos from John Berry


  • John Berry - jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Mike Kerkau - mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com


Coldwater Bridge
Posted August 5, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

From what I've been able to Google, the bridge removal was complete by early May. Plans for replacement are currently uncertain - apparently replacement was to be underway by now, but those plans have been put on hold.

Article with info and (albeit low-quality) picture of the site post-removal: https://wtvbam.com/news/articles/2018/may/14/old-bridge-on-c...

Oh and here's something really nifty. Apparently someone thought to post a sped-up video clip of the bridge being lifted off the crossing intact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQV_8zNjpeQ

However - whether it's since been disassembled or still remains intact somewhere, I do not know.

Coldwater Bridge
Posted July 30, 2018, by Jim Treadgold (jim [dot] treadgold [at] btinternet [dot] com)

31st July 2018

Bridge completely removed

Coldwater Bridge
Posted February 13, 2016, by Eddie Miller (youngartist95 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm actually starting a thing on Facebook to beautify it and turn it into a pedestrian bridge. :)

Coldwater Bridge
Posted May 14, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Tony. The latticed end posts design is a part of Michigan's 1920s standard plan for pony truss bridges. We have a number of examples in state. This is the only one that is a Pratt rather than a Parker http://www.historicbridges.org/truss/nsaginaw/index.htm

Coldwater Bridge
Posted May 14, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Very unusual to see a 1920 span with double-laced endposts.

Hopefully with this neat little bridge on an old alignment of the highway the city of Coldwater will do the right thing and restore it.

Coldwater Bridge
Posted May 14, 2011, by John Berry (jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Go under this bridge a lot in the summer.