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Mishawaka Avenue Bridge

St. Joseph County Bridge 203

Mishawaka Avenue Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 2006 and April 8, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Mishawaka Avenue Over St. Joseph River
Mishawaka: St. Joseph County, Indiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1924 By Builder/Contractor: National Concrete Company of Indianapolis, Indiana

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
96 Feet (29.2 Meters)
Structure Length
389 Feet (118.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
30 Feet (9.14 Meters)
4 Main Span(s)
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This bridge is one of the least impressive of the St. Joseph County bridges. Repeated alterations have left this bridge with hardly any original material at all, and an altered appearance. In 1987, a rehabilitation put ugly metal railings on the bridge and may have been when the original railings were lost. In 2009, another alteration removed those railings and put concrete railings with a historic look to them on the bridge. However, this project also removed all original material on the bridge except for the piers, abutments, and part of the arch ring. Everything else is modern. The only good thing that can be said is that the new material appears to simulate the visual appearance of the original bridge, at least to some extent, and the shape of the arches remains the same as originally design. Another big alteration happened during this project: a pedestrian tunnel was added to the east end of the bridge.

The photo gallery for this bridge has photos from 2006 from before the 2009 project and 2012 photos from after the 2009 project.

Information and Findings From DHPA Historic Bridge Survey

Statement of Significance

This rather long and graceful structure remains a local landmark. Its structural elements are fairly standard.

Architectural Description

Each ring of this 389', four-span reinforced concrete arch is fairly-flat segment and spans as much as 96'. Cross beams cantilevered about 6' beyond the rings rest on solid spandrel walls. The beams support eh concrete deck which carries a 28'6" asphalt roadway between sidewalks and replacement metal rails. Using Luten design, National Concrete underbid all others who relied on C. W. Cole's Company approved plans with a Melan system reinforcing; 389 ft long; cantilevered slab deck, balustraded rails and lightposts removed (1987)

Bridge plate text: "Mishawaka Avenue Bridge / Reconstruted 1987 / St. Joseph County, Indiana / Commissioners - District: Richard L. Larrison - 1, Richard D. Jasinski - 2, Joseph D. Zappia - 3 / R.J.Richardson - Engineer / Beverly D. Crone - Auditor / County Council - District: Phillip D. Barkley - A, Henry Keultjes - B, Odell Newburn - C, Joseph Baldoni - D, Larry Jasinsky - E, Dennis Schafer - F, Teodessa Earles - G, George Nome - H, Earl L. Kime - I / Consulting Engineer - Congdon Engineering Assoc., Inc. / Contractor - Northern Indiana Construction Co., Inc. / Mishawaka Ave. Bridge Rehabilitation - Proj. S 901-87"

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Luten


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