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Territorial Road East Fork Bridge


Balustrade panel-or what you can see of it

Photo taken by Paul Plassman in July 2018


BH Photo #505209

Street View 


One of two almost identical steel stringer bridges from the 1920's within a quarter mile of each other on Territorial Road that both use the balustrades and concrete facade preceding the popular R4 rails.


Steel stringer bridge over East Fork West Branch St. Joseph River on Territorial Rd (formerly State Route 120)
Hillsdale County, Michigan
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement. Bridge listed on road commission's 2021 projects list. As of November 2021, no work has begun.
Built 1928
Steel stringer with concrete facade and balustrade rails
Length of largest span: 44.0 ft.
Total length: 44.9 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.70850, -84.68958   (decimal degrees)
41°42'31" N, 84°41'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/692220/4619991 (zone/easting/northing)
938 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
MINEW 03278 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 94130 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 36.3 (out of 100)
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Beam (16,888)
Built 1928 (1,221)
Built during 1920s (10,257)
Doomed (1,069)
Have street view (28,916)
Hillsdale County, Michigan (35)
Michigan (1,390)
Open (40,969)
Owned by county (21,612)
Span length 25-50 feet (16,225)
Steel stringer (6,712)
Total length 25-50 feet (11,507)

Update Log 

  • November 17, 2021: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • August 27, 2021: Added by Paul Plassman

Related Bridges 



Territorial Road East Fork Bridge
Posted December 4, 2021, by Sellers (cgseller+bh [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridges are in an area where a rare species finds habitat so proper care is being taken to make sure that both the replacement and the inhabitants can coexist. ref: https://www.hillsdale.net/story/news/2021/07/06/bridge-const...

Territorial Road East Fork Bridge
Posted November 17, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yeah my guess is the project isn't happening this year either.

Territorial Road East Fork Bridge
Posted November 17, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Well, that's a bummer. These two bridges are a nice pair of the increasingly rare concrete-facade/balustrade combination bridges. Glad I got photos of them and the one on Montgomery when I did.

However, I do note that the spans on Territorial have been on the list of Hillsdale County Road Commission federal aid projects since 2018--and postponed every year. Their demise may not be that imminent.