Mishawaka’s Riverwalk Bridge

by Nick Molnar on March 13, 2009

I’ve been looking at Downtown Mishawaka and Downtown South Bend the last few days. You can expect a feature on housing in the two areas soon. Until then, here are some photos of what I believe to be Mishawaka’s newest landmark, the Riverwalk Bridge. The cable stayed pedestrian bridge has a 75 foot tall pier and was part of a $3.3 million project that included a second,  smaller pedestrian bridge, sidewalks and landsacping.

From the southwest


From the northeast


From the northwest


From the southeast


What do you think, art or eyesore?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Tracy March 13, 2009 at 7:13 pm

I think it’s definitely art. In person, especially, it’s a very cool bridge. The condos that overlook it have amazing views of the bridge, river, and Beutter Park. It’s too bad that the condos themselves are fairly non-descript looking from the outside. Looking at them from across the river, you’d think it was a factory rather than upscale expensive condos.


Anon Alum March 13, 2009 at 9:24 pm

I second that….art. I might have designed it a bit differently, but it is art. Will have to check it out next time back in town….and those new townhomes too. Need to get over there and check out the progress. I definitely think the Mishawaka project is more exciting than Eddy Street Commons…..good luck Mishawaka!


Dean March 14, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Eyesore. That is one ugly bridge.


Anonymous March 15, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Well, those pictures certainly are an eyesore. What’s with all the ugly black squares?


Nick Molnar March 16, 2009 at 9:27 am

Thanks for the comment Dean, and the “vote”.
The photos with the blank spaces or black squares were stitched together from multiple pictures. The black squares are the spaces without an exposure.


BG March 16, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Boy, Nick, you sure get to deal with some picky readers out there. Sheesh.

I will vote art. I like it and I can’t think of anything in this area that looks similar.

I really hope the condos in that area does well. But I worry that the Pleasureland Museum is going to cause problems for the development on Mishawaka Avenue despite the great river views.


JL March 17, 2009 at 8:46 am

I would say the money should have been leveraged to build retail space for a grocery store in downtown Mishawaka. What good is a $3 million bridge if it has 5 people walk across it per day?


Eurowoman August 25, 2009 at 7:49 am

The bridge is beautiful and that is a fact! Recently my husband and I were cycling along the St. Joe river and came to Mishawaka. This was my first time seeing the bridge. I was amazed!I loved it at first sight! The whole area reminded me somewhat on Europe (where I come from) with the river walk, condos, park and the beautiful pedestrian bridge. It gave me a feeling of home!!!! 🙂


T. Laugh November 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm

LOVE this area. We get up your way several times a year and love this stretch of the river walk. Love the condos as well. Those folks have got a very nice setup there – nice views, walkways and easy trip to downtown. Wonderful.


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