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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; 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.