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St Joseph River Bridge (Old)


Main Street Bridge


Photo taken by Douglas Butler in May 2017


BH Photo #392086



Lost Through truss bridge over St Joseph River on Main Street
Benton Harbor, Berrien County, Michigan
Replaced by a new bridge
Through truss swing
Also called
North Wayne Street Bridge
Wayne Street viaduct
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.11161, -86.47108   (decimal degrees)
42°06'42" N, 86°28'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/543727/4662303 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Benton Harbor
Inventory number
BH 77313 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Benton Harbor, Michigan (8)
Berrien County, Michigan (50)
Lost (25,540)
Lost 1977 (78)
Lost during 1970s (808)
Michigan (1,167)
Movable (3,021)
Owned by state (16,138)
Replaced by new bridge (17,229)
Swing (1,486)
Through truss (15,359)
Truss (33,268)

Update Log 

  • September 8, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • September 7, 2019: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Data from time of replacement
  • September 7, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • April 26, 2018: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 23, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 22, 2017: Added by Douglas Butler

Related Bridges 


  • Douglas Butler
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Mike Kerkau - mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com


St Joseph River Bridge (Old)
Posted September 8, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Bridge was demolished in 1977. I have not found a photo yet...

St Joseph River Bridge (Old)
Posted September 7, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm approximating 1977 for the replacement time; the NBI gives 1976 for the build year of the Bicentennial (naturally), but Wayne Street has served Business Loop 94 in Benton Harbor since the early 60s, so this was obviously a state-owned bridge during its last years.

It's here - http://www.michiganhighways.org/listings/MichHwysBus32-94.ht... - where there's a slight conflict in timing, thus why I'm approximating 1977. Unless, of course, a subsequent article surfaces that can pinpoint that...