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Alamando Road Bridge



Pony truss bridge over Salt River on Alamando Road
Midland County, Michigan
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1906; replaced 2000
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 59.7 ft.
Total length: 62.0 ft.
Deck width: 21.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.57472, -84.52833   (decimal degrees)
43°34'29" N, 84°31'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/699576/4827608 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pleasant Valley
Average daily traffic (as of 1999)
Inventory numbers
MINBI 56303H00021B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
BH 20143 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 45.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built 1906 (639)
Built during 1900s (7,431)
Lost (26,359)
Lost 2000 (402)
Lost during 2000s (4,293)
Michigan (1,277)
Midland County, Michigan (24)
Owned by county (21,232)
Pony truss (16,565)
Replaced by new bridge (17,862)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,253)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,405)
Truss (33,867)

Update Log 

  • March 19, 2019: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Accounting for different bridge; replacement may or may not have re-used parts from truss span


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


Alamando Road Bridge
Posted September 8, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Question. What's the proper edit that should be done when the bridge itself is still in place, but the trusses are not? Or is it fair to say this is a case where there was a full bridge replacement?

Here's how it looks now in any case, with wooden railings instead of metal trusses:

Alamando Road Bridge
Posted April 26, 2018, by Mike (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Re-posting this, as I believe THIS - not the one titled Little Salt Creek Bridge - was the one I meant to describe when I first posted this last night:

"If this is what I think it is...I'd imagine that this bridge has been closed off for some time.

I remember once driving through the backroads in Midland County, it was spring/summer of 2007. I went up Salt River Road to Alamando, and Alamando had a sign right there when I turned. It might have said Bridge Out, though I don't quite remember, and I can't quite read this posted sign says on Google StreetView. (I'm thinking it's gotta be either Bridge Out or Pavement Ends.)


I do remember getting a little closer to where the bridge is supposed to be, though, and the road was closed off.

This report says the bridge is closed to all traffic, and judging by the exact location - I want to think this is that same bridge I'm remembering here. And if that's the case, I'd imagine it's been...ages! Since this was open."

Now, the report for this bridge says it's open - and satellite view in Google Maps clearly shows that there IS still something there at this site...but the Salt River crosses Alamando in two locations south of Stewart Road, and the satellite view did NOT show two clear crossings on the map - so I wonder if there used to be a second bridge at this same stretch of road that has since been lost.