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Stancer Road Bridge


Photo taken by John Berry in May 2011


BH Photo #199079



Pratt through truss bridge over North Coldwater River on Stancer Road
Branch County, Michigan
Built 1888 by the Massillon Bridge Co.
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
6-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Span length: 87.9 ft.
Total length: 87.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 22, 1999
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.02139, -85.09056   (decimal degrees)
42°01'17" N, 85°05'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/658085/4653914 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 99001608 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
MINBI 12316H00011B020 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 01178 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 19983 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 23, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • March 2, 2014: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • May 14, 2011: New photos from John Berry


  • John Berry - jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Stancer Road Bridge
Posted December 27, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Mike: This bridge I believe was closed sometime this year, I am not sure of the exact date. I did confirm with the Branch County Road Commission that it is closed "indefinitely" so we can assume that it is not going to be fixed "in-house" by the county, so its probably either going to be left closed, or perhaps the county will apply for Local Bridge Program funding from MDOT.

Stancer Road Bridge
Posted December 27, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)


I saw that this bridge is now closed...when did that happen? (I tried Googling and came up empty.)

In any case, with this now closed, I double-checked...it appears that this would've been the last through truss still open to vehicle traffic that also sits in a completely rural area in all of Michigan, all the rest would seem to be in either small towns (Portland), cities (Midland, Grand Rapids), or else otherwise aren't that far out of a town (the two in Washtenaw).