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NIR - Berrien Springs Bridge


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The electric line crosses the St. Joseph River at Berrien Springs on a steel bridge having eight 150-ft skew Pratt truss spans. This bridge makes an angle of 60 deg. with the stream and is built on concrete piers and abutments normal to the latter. A large dam which is built for a power development a half mile downstream from the crossing will raise the water level about 21 ft. above the normal stage at the bridge. The piers of the latter had to be built quite high on that account. Three of them have a total height of 38.5, 40 and 42 ft., respectively; two of the others have a total height of 31 and two of 36.5 ft. Both sides of all of them are battered 1 in. in 24 ins., but their ends are vertical and the upstream ends have heavy breakwaters. One abutment of this structure is built as a T in plan, the stem of the T making an angle of 60 deg. with the cross. The cross of the T is the main part of the abutment and has a total height of 35.4 ft. - Street Railway Journal Vol XXVIII. New York, Saturday, October 6, 1906


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over St. Joseph River on Southern Michigan Railway
Berrien Springs, Berrien County, Michigan
Removed but not replaced, abutments still extant
Built 1906; Removed 1939
- Interurban
- Northern Indiana Railway (NIR)
- South Bend & Southern Michigan Railway (SB&SM)
Pratt through truss
Total length: 1,200.0 ft.
Skew angle
60 degrees
Also called
SB&SM - Berrien Springs Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.94008, -86.33020   (decimal degrees)
41°56'24" N, 86°19'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/555523/4643340 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Berrien Springs
Inventory number
BH 61377 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 4, 2020: New photos from Luke
  • November 21, 2019: New photo from Luke
  • March 21, 2019: New Street View added by Luke
  • April 30, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added skew degree
  • December 8, 2014: New Street View added by Luke
  • August 14, 2014: New photo from Luke
  • August 13, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added info from "The Street railway journal" (1884)
  • June 14, 2014: Updated by Frank Hicks: Added categories "Interurban", "Railroad"



Berrien Springs Interurban Bridge
Posted December 8, 2014, by tom (brkdckbtch [at] juno [dot] com)

Awesome picture of Bridge,still see piers on US31 near berrien springs,for years I wondered what it was for.Interurban that ran to Niles and St.Joe.? I use google Earth a lot,following old rail lines,and I came across a Wooden trestle in Southern Indiana,It looks to be in great shape and in the open. looks to be heading for a Quarry? Cannot find it anymore. It is a Large wooden trestle is western indiana ,but not sure of location now.