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IN - Hallett Street Overpass


West elevation view

Photo taken by Paul Plassman in June 2018


BH Photo #503120

Street View 


Lengths given are an estimate.


Pony/through plate girder bridge over Hallett Street on Railroad
Hillsdale, Hillsdale County, Michigan
Open to traffic
Built 1915
- Conrail (CR)
- Hillsdale County Railway (HCRC)
- Indiana Northeastern Railroad (IN)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Pony plate girder overpass with steel stringer approaches on timber bents over Hallett Street
Length of largest span: 35.0 ft.
Total length: 100.0 ft.
Also called
Conrail - Hallett Street Overpass
HCRC - Hallett Street Overpass
PC - Hallett Street Overpass
NYC - Hallett Street Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.91266, -84.64871   (decimal degrees)
41°54'46" N, 84°38'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/695000/4642753 (zone/easting/northing)
1140 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
MINEW 03375 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 93941 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 13, 2021: Updated by Nathan Holth: Revised bridge lengths to Google estimated values.
  • September 10, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added NBI data
  • August 16, 2021: New Street View added by Paul Plassman



IN - Hallett Street Overpass
Posted September 13, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Good to know, thanks for the tip.

IN - Hallett Street Overpass
Posted September 13, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


NBI data on Railroad-owned overpass structures is quite unreliable as you have observed. It is possible to use the Google Maps Measure Distance tool (right click to access if using the Google Maps website in your browser). On the highest resolution images you can get within a foot. Even on lower resolution images you can still usually get within 5-10 feet. On my website, I usually add a disclaimer in my description that lengths given are estimates. I know other contributors on BridgeHunter measure railroad bridges like this but I don't think anyone here (to date) notes if they are estimates. Either way, I think the estimates I came up with for this bridge (35 foot span, 100 foot overall) is more accurate than the NBI data.

IN - Hallett Street Overpass
Posted September 10, 2021, by Paul Plassman

I went ahead and added the NBI data from 2017 to this page and the page for the Bacon Street overpass for whatever it's worth, though I'm not convinced it's very accurate. For one thing, this bridge is nowhere near 300 feet long, and it's a steel plate girder and stringer combo, not a timber frame structure. Similarly, the Hallett overpass is a through plate girder with stringer side spans, not just a steel stringer.