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St. Joseph Railroad Bridge

St. Joseph Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: Spring 2007 and April 8, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (CSX) Over St. Joseph River
Location
St. Joseph: Berrien County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1904 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1941
Main Span Length
234 Feet (71.32 Meters)
Structure Length
544 Feet (165.81 Meters)
Roadway Width
15 Feet (4.57 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 3 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This magnificent structure is the last bridge to cross the St. Joseph River before it empties into Lake Michigan, and provides a fitting gateway for boats coming into St. Joseph. The main span of the bridge is a polygonal warren through truss swing bridge with riveted connections. The structure still opens for boats, and trains still use the bridge as well, including an Amtrak route. Deck plate girder spans provide an approach on the north end of the bridge. A through plate girder overpass is present just south of the bridge also. The bridge features extensive v-lacing and lattice. A 1904 construction date is shown as a cutout in the portal bracing. The portal bracing is very much like that seen on the Bridgeport Railroad Bridge.

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