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M-139 Bridge

Photos 

View North, Across Deck Of Bridge

Photo taken by Carla Anderson, November 1990, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #121703

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over Conrail (Abn) & Ox Creek on M-139
Location
Berrien County, Michigan
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1936; Rehabilitated 1969; Rehabilitated 1990
Builder
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Railroad
- Conrail (CR)
Design
"This is a good example of a mid-sized viaduct structure designed to bridge an area with unstable subsoil conditions. The use of reinforced-concrete piers and abutments in combination with a steel girder superstructure is an unusual design. The concrete piers extend beyond the main girders, so that much of the deck is cantilevered.

"This documentation was undertaken in November 1990 in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement by the Federal Highway Administration, the Michigan Department of Transportation, the State Historic Preservation Officer, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation as a mitigative measure prior to the demolition of the bridge."

Dr. Charles K. Hyde, Department of History
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan 48202

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Dimensions
Length of largest span: 86.9 ft.
Total length: 671.9 ft.
Deck width: 51.8 ft.
Also called
Conrail (Abn) & Ox Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.09944, -86.43444   (decimal degrees)
42°05'58" N, 86°26'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/546765/4660972 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Benton Harbor
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
10,503
Inventory numbers
MINBI 11111031000R010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 00871 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 37218 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 80.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 14, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • August 16, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER MI-46 - State Route M-139 Bridge, Spanning Ox Creek, Benton Township, Berrien County, MI
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com