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Withers Road Bridge


Pre 1923 photo

BH Photo #444790



This photo was labeled as Constantine, but there appears to have only been one bridge in the town. It was a 3-span pony truss structure that apparently replaced a de Graff built bowstring span. This one was on Withers Road (The next closest crossing) a couple miles to the Northeast in the Florence Township area. The current bridge at that site was built in 1979 and replaced this truss bridge.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over St Joseph River
St. Joseph County, Michigan
Replaced by a new bridge
- Elkhart Bridge & Iron Co. of Elkhart, Indiana (Fabricator)
(2)6-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Also called
Florence Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.88919, -85.64860   (decimal degrees)
41°53'21" N, 85°38'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/612114/4638355 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 84697 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 9, 2021: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • April 9, 2021: Updated by Nathan Holth: Corrected location.
  • March 19, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon



Withers Road Bridge
Posted April 9, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Heh, so I guessed right.

Hmmm...Withers Road bridge, Florence Township (thus the "Florence Bridge" name), replaced in 1979. Maybe Melissa might have some luck with that.

Constantine Area Mystery Bridge
Posted April 9, 2021, by Linda Fager (teflin [at] frontier [dot] com)

Here's an earlier photo of that bridge labelled

Florence which is located in St. Joseph County,

Constantine, MI and yes is located on Withers Road

according to Google Maps.

You can see it matches identical to the one that is


I hope this clears up some misunderstandings.

My nephew has a local history page and it was posted there.

Here's a link.


Linda Fager


Constantine Area Mystery Bridge
Posted April 24, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge in the photo is obviously only 2 spans... The pony truss in town was mentioned as having 3 spans. Yes, it possibly could be Withers Road but proof would be needed to confirm that. Constantine Road appears to have been 3 pony truss spans in the 69 imagery, but like the bridge in town it may have replaced an earlier 2-span bridge.

Constantine Area Mystery Bridge
Posted April 24, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hmmmm. We're certain that the photo is a 3-span structure? Only 2 spans are clearly seen, and if in fact it were only 2, then Withers Road might be a match. 1955 and 1969 at that location show a 2-span structure (69 has a better view than 55), and it's definitely a through truss there.

As for Constantine Road that Nathan mentioned - the same location where replacement structure BH 84708 has been posted - I don't know. Neither 1955 nor 1969 has a distinct enough image at that location that you can tell it was a truss (at least, I don't think so), but you CAN tell for sure that the structure there is a 3-span structure.

So...I'd say that's what it comes down to. If it was 2 spans instead of 3, then it's Withers Road. If it was definitely 3, then it's Constantine Road.

Constantine Area Mystery Bridge
Posted March 21, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am not familiar with this bridge off the top of my head, but the next bridge northeast beyond Withers Road is (I believe) a historical route, as it would have connected Constantine to Three Rivers before US-131, and is called "Constantine Road" thus there is a possibility that is why the photo is labeled such.