1 vote

Leeper Bridge


9/2008 photo

Photo taken by Jim Grey


BH Photo #139371


Street Views 


Construction cost $93,663. Was a part of the Dixie Highway.


Concrete arch bridge over St. Joseph River on IN 933 (N. Michigan St.) in South Bend
South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1914
- Charles W. Cole (Designer)
- Kuert Contracting Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
Closed-spandrel concrete arch
Length of largest span: 119.7 ft.
Total length: 289.6 ft.
Deck width: 56.1 ft.
Also called
St. Joseph River IN 933 (N. Michigan St.) Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.68806, -86.25056   (decimal degrees)
41°41'17" N, 86°15'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/562369/4615413 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
South Bend West
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 011046 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17058 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 53 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 20, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • January 2, 2017: New photo from Dave King
  • September 5, 2014: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added common (historic) name
  • October 7, 2013: New Street View added by Brent Tindall
  • August 4, 2013: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Added builder info and cost
  • January 16, 2010: New photo from Jim Grey
  • January 14, 2010: New photo from Joshua Collins
  • April 29, 2009: New photo from Jim Grey

Related Bridges 


  • Jim Grey - mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
  • Brent Tindall - bizzat219 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein


Leeper Bridge
Posted March 8, 2020, by JB

Arch rings have melan truss reinforced-concrete.

St. Joseph River IN 933 (N. Michigan St.) Bridge
Posted June 22, 2011, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

INDOT closed this bridge yesterday (6/21/11) because of structural concerns, according to WNDU-TV.


The story is light on details, but it does reference this Web site, as they used it to gather information about the bridge for the story.

St. Joseph River IN 933 (N. Michigan St.) Bridge
Posted January 17, 2010, by Robert Thompson (rkt [dot] engineering [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not trying to pick a fight, but...

I don't think the St. Joseph River is actually "navigable" at this point. I define navigable as having features that allow passage of vessels (dredged channels, locks, high-clearance bridges or movable bridges... or under the jurisdiction of the US Coast Guard for navigational purposes). At this location, the river does not have these features.