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St. Joseph River Bridge

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St. Joseph River Bridge

The Hillsdale Daily News: June 27 1963

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BH Photo #449915

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over St. Joseph River on Sterling Road
Location
Hillsdale County, Michigan
Status
Relocated to Lenawee County for use in a park
History
Built 1897; relocated 2002
Builder
- Toledo Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio [also known as Smith Bridge Co.]
Design
Pinned Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 79.7 ft.
Total length: 82.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.1 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Sterling Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.01444, -84.72083   (decimal degrees)
42°00'52" N, 84°43'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/688717/4653892 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mosherville
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
74
Inventory numbers
MINBI 30319H00006B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
BH 20052 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 100 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 17, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch

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Sources 

  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

St. Joseph River Bridge
Posted September 14, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes CV, Mr. Coulter was good at swiping bridge plaques, but not so much at accurate documentation.

St. Joseph River Bridge
Posted September 14, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

So the site I cite is in error. I've never seen anything like this before....

St. Joseph River Bridge
Posted September 13, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The builder is a simple matter of math. Despite a discrepancy of when this bridge was built (some sources including the modern plaque on the bridge list 1893, others suggest 1897 and I do not know which is correct), the Smith Bridge Company of Toledo, Ohio was SOLD to new interests ca. 1890 who purchased the company and changed its name to Toledo Bridge Company of Toledo, Ohio. This bridge was built in 1897. Thus, it is impossible for it to have been built by the Smith Bridge Company. I even included an 1893 advertisement on my page for this bridge indicating that Toledo Bridge Company was a successor to Smith Bridge Company. So even if the earlier date is the correct one, we know for a fact that Smith Bridge Company was gone by then.

https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=t...

St. Joseph River Bridge
Posted September 12, 2019, by Luke
St. Joseph River Bridge
Posted September 12, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

How about its page for its re-use in Lenawee County?

MDOT's page also has that given, as does Historic Bridges.

St. Joseph River Bridge
Posted September 12, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Clark, I do not, and Honestly I don't remember how the builder was added. Please adjust as needed

St. Joseph River Bridge
Posted September 12, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

http://www.douglascoulter.com/BridgeSigns/smith_bridge.html shows this as built by Smith Bridge Co of Toledo. Do we have another source showing the Toledo Bridge Co as builder?

St. Joseph River Bridge
Posted June 17, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Mike, thank you. I wanted to link them but was unsure how to phrase it.

St. Joseph River Bridge
Posted June 17, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

I linked this page with the one for its present listing in Lenawee County - I would have selected an option for a full relocation from the drop-down menu if I could have; however, there isn't one. Similarly, there isn't such an option listed on the drop-down for a bridge's current status, either. Any chance those can be accounted for?