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Fort Street Bridge


HAER photo

BH Photo #166232


Satellite image shows where parts of bridge are laying in Ashmun Bay Park.


Dismantled through truss bridge in Sault Ste. Marie
Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa County, Michigan
Dismantled and stored for reuse
Future prospects
Planned restoration in Ashmun Bay Park.
Built in 1900 by New Castle Bridge Company, currently dismantled for reuse.
- New Castle Bridge Co. of New Castle, Indiana
Pinned Pennsylvania through truss
Total length: 233.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.49785, -84.36886   (decimal degrees)
46°29'52" N, 84°22'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/701896/5152728 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sault Ste. Marie South
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
MINBI 174602800001B01 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 01673 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 20004 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 92.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 23, 2010: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • October 23, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: status



Fort Street Bridge
Posted April 30, 2011, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

John, you make a compelling point about miles per gallon and searching for bridges. I drive a 4x4 pickup and 20mpg is an exiting day indeed.

Fort Street Bridge
Posted April 29, 2011, by John Berry (jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Now that ( I think ) spring has finally showed its head a little bit, most my trips will start being on two wheels. 45mpg beats 20 any day of the week.

Just have to get my girlfriend to agree to cross Mac on motorcycle. Now THATS the way to enjoy that bridge!!!!

Fort Street Bridge
Posted April 29, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I am planning a trip to Michigan someday John..... But am waiting patiently for Sault Ste. Marie to rebuild and restore the Fort Street Bridge in Ashmun Bay Park. This is the most prolific remaining span manufactured by the New Castle Bridge Company in my hometown of New Castle, Indiana and is a MUST see for me.

Of course this will allow me to also visit "Big Mac", which I haven't seen since I was a kid.

And no trip to Michigan would be complete without hitting the Historic Bridge Park!

Hopefully this will be in the very near future.....and gas won't be $6 a gallon by then!