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Michigan Street Bridge (Old)


From the Street Railway Journal Vol XXVIII. New York, Saturday, October 6, 1906

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"The line crosses the St. Joseph River at the edge of South Bend on a 300- ft. span Pratt truss highway bridge. This bridge originally had an 18-ft. roadway, with a 6-ft. walk on each side cantilevered out from the floor beams of the bridge on brackets. The bridge was formerly carried on two trusses. The walk on one side was temporarily removed and a third truss erected on that side of the bridge, far enough from the existing truss on that side to give a clearance of 13 feet between the new and old trusses. The floor beams of the bridge, which are built-up I-beam girders, were then extended to the new truss and the walk cantilevered out from the ends of the extended floor beams. The ties for the car track were laid on 18-inch I-beam stringers on the floor beams. The track is protected by steel guards which divert traffic from the portion of the span carrying the car tracks. The cost of making the addition to the old bridge was about $8,000, while the estimated cost of the entire new bridge was $14,000."

- Street Railway Journal Vol XXVIII. New York, Saturday, October 6, 1906


Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over St. Joseph River on South Bend & Southern Michigan Railway & Michigan St.
South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1881; Modified for Interurban use ca. 1906; Replaced 1914
- Interurban
- Northern Indiana Railway (NIR)
- South Bend & Southern Michigan Railway (SB&SM)
Double-Barreled Pennsylvania through truss
Length of largest span: 300.0 ft.
Deck width: 31.0 ft.
Also called
Navarre Place Bridge
Dixie Highway-St. Joseph River Bridge
NIR - St. Joseph River Bridge
SB&SM - St. Joseph River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.68802, -86.25056   (decimal degrees)
41°41'17" N, 86°15'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/562369/4615410 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
South Bend West
Inventory number
BH 62471 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 30, 2020: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • April 5, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added build date
  • April 30, 2015: Updated by Luke: Fixed GPS using historicmapworks
  • August 13, 2014: Added by Luke

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