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South Union Street–Boardman River Bridge
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Location S. Union St. over Boardman R., Traverse City, Michigan
Area less than one acre
Built 1931
Built by L.W. Lamb
Architectural style Built-up girder bridge
MPS Highway Bridges of Michigan MPS
NRHP reference No. 99001651
Added to NRHP January7, 2000

The South Union Street–Boardman River Bridge is a bridge located on South Union Street over the Boardman River in Traverse City, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.


The South Union Street–Boardman River Bridge is 75 feet (23 m) and 40 feet (12 m) wide with a 73-foot (22 m) span over the Boardman River. A park with footpath runs underneath the bridge, and a dam and the attractive American Legion Memorial Bridge can be seen on each side of the bridge. Stairs lead down along the bridge to the river park beneath. The bridge is lined with a concrete balustrade railing with square spindles, and concrete parapets are at each end.


In 1929, Traverse City undertook planning to replace the dangerous bridges crossing the Boardman River at Cass and Union Streets. However, the state of Michigan took responsibility for the Union Street Bridge, which then carried US 31. The state surveyed the existing bridge in late 1929, and sent plans for a new structure to the city in July 1930. Bids for the bridge were solicited, and in early 1931 Jackson contractor L. W. Lamb won the contract for $66,482. Additional expenditures brought the total price to almost $78,000. The bridge was completed in 1931, and was praised as an aesthetic success, fitting into its park surroundings and making an attractive gateway for the region's tourists.

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