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North 5th Street Bridge

Photo 

MC - North 5th Street Bridge

looking east

Photo from old postcard

BH Photo #461456

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over MC RR on North 5th Street
Location
Niles, Berrien County, Michigan
Status
Removed and replaced with street-level RR crossing
Railroads
- Michigan Central Railroad (MC)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 130.0 ft.
Total length: 178.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.83637, -86.25357   (decimal degrees)
41°50'11" N, 86°15'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/561976/4631877 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 87340 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 11, 2019: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Build year, design
  • December 1, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs

Sources 

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

Comments 

North 5th Street Bridge
Posted December 31, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not long after, as it turns out - it's gone, and the road is re-aligned, by 1980. So, that work was ostensibly done in the late 70s.

Turns out also that the road used to curve right here, which explains the pin position.

North 5th Street Bridge
Posted December 11, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was listed in Hyde's 1976 inventory but is gone by the time of the 1992 NBI, so its replacement with the street-level railroad crossing has to be somewhere between the two.