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St. Joseph River Bridge


Photo taken by John Berry in May 2011


BH Photo #198791



Through truss bridge over St. Joseph River on 22 1/2 Mile Road
Calhoun County, Michigan
Posted as closed on visit on 5/7/2011
Built 1906
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 88.9 ft.
Total length: 89.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.13389, -84.85111   (decimal degrees)
42°08'02" N, 84°51'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/677596/4666876 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Southwest Albion
Average daily traffic (as of 1994)
Inventory numbers
MINBI 13307H00013B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 01356 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 19995 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 16.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 7, 2011: Updated by John Berry: Bridge is now closed



St. Joseph River Bridge
Posted January 29, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like by the time you got there, John, that this one had been closed for roughly 2 years.

StreetView tells that story, via the road's northern intersection at M-60: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.1419674,-84.8514061,3a,75y,1...

That's one spot where there's multiple "views" available, in this case October 2008 and May 2009. 2008 shows it still open, 2009 Road Closed is posted. And only that precise spot worked - just one click to the left, and you get a different pair of views from November 2007 and July 2014. (Clicking right keeps 2008/09, but the view is less optimal.)

An early 2009 closing is also not surprising actually, given that that winter (late 2008/early 2009) also saw the demise of the Parshallburg bridge and the closing of Hickory Island Road.