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Berrien Springs Bridge


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Lost Parker through truss bridge over St. Joseph River on Terre Coupe Road (Now Ferry Street)
Berrien Springs, Berrien County, Michigan
Collapsed due to overweight truck April 23, 1948
Collapsed due to overweight truck April 23, 1948; replaced that November
(2)11-panel, pinned Parker through trusses
Total length: 195.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.94891, -86.33457   (decimal degrees)
41°56'56" N, 86°20'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/555153/4644317 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Berrien Springs
Inventory number
BH 67605 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 29, 2019: New photos from Dana and Kay Klein
  • June 28, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • June 24, 2019: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Approximate replacement date 1949, per NBI and Michigan Highways data
  • June 24, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from Camelback to Parker trusses
  • May 16, 2015: Added by Luke


  • Mike Kerkau - mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Dana and Kay Klein


Berrien Springs Bridge
Posted June 28, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Those articles do explain a lot.

Although, knowing that this turns out to be yet another overweight truck victim almost makes me sorry for asking. :-/ And then, knowing that the replacement only barely lasted longer than this, and that probably didn't have any destructive accidents - instead, probably simple neglect did that one in...

Sigh. Lot of sad tidings in the history of this location.

Berrien Springs Bridge
Posted June 24, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

In looking for bridges in or around this location, I started at the beginning - 1992 - and the best I could find was a joint U.S. 31/U.S. 33 crossing, for a bridge that was built in 1949. Bar a surprise relocation, that wouldn't be this bridge, so instead it'd be when this one came down.

The 1949 bridge changes to a 1994-built bridge - its current iteration - in the 96 listing. The location listing changes to U.S. 31 Business Route in 2004, and then to the current M-139 in 2012. That's where the Michigan Highways information backs this up, as per their records, a section of U.S. 31 freeway opening removed 31 from Berrien Springs in 2003, and then in 2010, Business 31 is referred to as soon-to-be M-139.