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Little Salt Creek Bridge



Pony truss bridge over Little Salt Creek on Alamando Road
Midland County, Michigan
Removed but not replaced
Built 1905
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 38.7 ft.
Total length: 41.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.53038, -84.52860   (decimal degrees)
43°31'49" N, 84°31'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/699701/4822683 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
MINBI 56307H00010B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
BH 20151 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1905 (805)
Built during 1900s (7,380)
Lost (25,747)
Michigan (1,169)
Midland County, Michigan (24)
Owned by county (21,035)
Pony truss (16,407)
Span length 25-50 feet (15,809)
Total length 25-50 feet (11,278)
Truss (33,423)

Update Log 

  • June 17, 2019: Updated by Mike Kerkau: GPS


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


Little Salt Creek Bridge
Posted September 8, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)



The second photo definitely faces north; neither of the two Alamando bridges listed has a left turn that close when facing south. And the way the road narrows in the second photo makes me think both these photos are for this bridge when it was there and not for the other.

Little Salt Creek Bridge
Posted September 8, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

My guess would be that it was removed (possibly collapsed?) somewhere between 2000 and 2004, because in going through the NBI, 2004 is when it disappears. (It was closed prior to that, all the way back to 1992 at least.)

Little Salt Creek Bridge
Posted September 8, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Whereas here, there is no such ambiguity. The bridge is very obviously no longer there, as indicated by the below photo. (This is facing south.)

The Midland Center For the Arts does have a collection of old bridge photos for throughout the county. I'll post a link once I go through them again and find the correct one that matches this one.

Little Salt Creek Bridge
Posted April 26, 2018, by Mike (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

I might be mixing this one up with the one that is labelled, Alamando Road Bridge - http://bridgehunter.com/mi/midland/56303H00021B010/ - looking at maps again, I think that's the one I meant to be talking about.

Whereas THIS bridge would've been between Jasper and Shepherd Roads, closer to Shepherd. I...think? I've been down Shepherd Road at least once, but I don't think I've ever been up or down this section of Alamando.

Much to my surprise though, Google StreetView has an available photo nearby here too! This is the corner of Jasper and Alamando (date: July 2009): https://www.google.com/maps/@43.545839,-84.5284029,3a,75y,19...

Notice there's both No Outlet and Road Closed signs up - I can think of two reasons why the latter would be up:

1) It's a sign that went up when the bridge was lost and has remained ever since.

2) There was a flooding event at the time, and it was closed because the road was flooded.

What's odd, though, is that Google Maps clearly shows that Alamando doesn't cross the creek: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.5284794,-84.5298405,16z

I find that odd because that would be Google accounting for the road being cut off, which doesn't always happen with them.

One other thing: The two bridge listings for Alamando Road were definitely confusing to check, mainly because when I look up and down the multiple sections of Alamando Road in Midland County, it crosses waterways no less than TWELVE times! Good luck keeping track of them all.

Whatever would have been between Jasper and Shepherd, though, is the only one with anything suggesting it was this Little Salt Creek Bridge. Satellite on Google Maps shows that Alamando does get kind of close to the creek, so that would point to that there used to be a bridge there and now there's not.

I wonder, though, if the 1995 inventory mis-labeled one of the two bridges? Maybe, one is supposed to be THIS bridge, and the other is actually supposed to be the Alamando Road Bridge identified with the link at the beginning of this post.

Little Salt Creek Bridge
Posted April 25, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

My research in 2006 suggested both Alamando Road Bridges were gone. They supposedly still existed when the 1995 inventory was take. http://historicbridges.org/info/inventory95/index.htm

Little Salt Creek Bridge
Posted April 25, 2018, by Mike (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

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.