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Charlotte River Bridge


Pony truss bridge over Charlotte River on N. Mitchell Road
Chippewa County, Michigan
In storage at Chippewa County Road Commission yard
Built 1935
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 32.8 ft.
Total length: 34.8 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.36138, -84.35216   (decimal degrees)
46°21'41" N, 84°21'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/703686/5137607 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
MINBI 17302B00014B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
BH 20002 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1935 (1,491)
Built during 1930s (12,198)
Chippewa County, Michigan (23)
In storage (220)
Michigan (1,400)
Owned by county (21,656)
Pony truss (17,077)
Span length 25-50 feet (16,274)
Total length 25-50 feet (11,560)
Truss (35,919)

Update Log 

  • March 28, 2021: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Updated status per forum


  • Mike Kerkau - mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com


Charlotte River Bridge
Posted March 28, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Robert - how long ago was this?

Charlotte River Bridge
Posted March 16, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That's true Nathan... I hope they follow through!

I still hold out a shred of hope that the Fort Street Bridge project will come to fruition, given it's a rare New Castle span. Maybe I can convince them that the state is going to back-charge them the money they received towards they replacement bridge when they agreed to preserve the truss bridge.🤔

Charlotte River Bridge
Posted March 16, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


The Fort Street Bridge is a City of Sault Ste. Marie project, so this one would be a different jurisdiction. Hopefully it fares better, if they moved it in one piece and just plan to display it in the front of the road commission at least it is a simple process so hopefully the project won't be abandoned.

Charlotte River Bridge
Posted March 16, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I assume you are speaking of this one...


Given the county's inability to restore the beautiful Fort Street Bridge that has laid in storage for so many years now... I won't get my hopes up!

Charlotte River Bridge
Posted March 16, 2021, by Robert Laitinen (rlaitinen [at] chippewacountyroads [dot] org)

With nearly complete failure of the west abutment wall the bridge structure was removed from the river intact before it fell into the river. It was moved in one piece to the Chippewa County Road Commission yard near Sault Ste. Marie where it is eventually planned to be placed as a historical display. It is currently in a storage location at the back of the maintenance yard.

Charlotte River Bridge
Posted November 24, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

The only place that even remotely looks like it could be "Mitchell Road" in this area - and even the road itself mostly no longer exists, never mind any bridge!