Rating:
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Leeper Bridge

Photos 

9/2008 photo

Photo taken by Jim Grey

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BH Photo #139371

Map 

Street Views 

Description 

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

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over St. Joseph River on IN 933 (N. Michigan St.) in South Bend
Location
South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1914
Builders
- Charles W. Cole (Designer)
- Kuert Contracting Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
Design
Closed-spandrel concrete arch
Dimensions
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
Inventory numbers
INNBI 011046 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 17058 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2015)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 54.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
30,130

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 

Sources 

  • 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

Comments 

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.

http://www.wndu.com/localnews/headlines/Michigan_Street_brid...

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.