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The Tridge, Midland
(4.5/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
The Tridge is the formal name of a three-way wooden footbridge spanning the confluence of the Chippewa and Tittabawassee Rivers near downtown Midland, Michigan, in the Tri-Cities region. Named as a portmanteau of "tri" and "bridge", the structure opened in 1981. It consists of one 31ft tall central pillar supporting three spokes. Each spoke is 180ft long by 8ft wide.HistoryThe bridge was constructed in 1981 at the instigation of the Midland Area Community Foundation . The bridge cost $732,000 to build, and took 6,400 hours of labor. Ten railroad car loads of prefabricated wood, and of concrete were used to construct three arches, which weigh apiece. Each appendage is 180by. Gerace Construction Company worked on the project. As a symbol, the bridge has been popularized and is the subject, for example, of lithographs.RecreationThe Tridge is a tourist attraction. It and its two surrounding parks— in Chippewassee and St. Charles parks—are one of most popular leisure areas downtown. The 3.5mi Chippewa Nature Trail begins at the bridge.The site also marks the starting point of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail, a Michigan Rails to Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame trail. Although being mainly a footbridge, bicycles, skateboards, and in-line skates are also allowed on the bridge. It is the focal point for summer evening concerts. Fishing is generally not permitted from the bridge although it does occur frequently.
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  • If you're new to or visiting Midland, this community gem is a must see. The Tridge is a tri-bridge that spans the area where the Tittabawasee and Pine rivers meet. Not good for swimming or fishing, bu...  more »
  • The delta of the river can be seen, it is quiet, nothing spectacular but pretty. It is worthwhile to appreciate nature.
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  • The Tridge is unique.....bridges at the fork of three rivers. Amazing! It appears there some very nice trails to walk which we did not get time to enjoy. We were there on a Saturday in October and the...  more »
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  • Really cool thing to see. We were on our way home from Mackinaw, and thought we would stop by for a photo. Well worth the round about way to get there. Very unique and definitely something you don't see everyday!! (unless you live in Midland)
  • Quite a bit of things to do at the Tridge, farmers markets, free concerts, events, a skatepark, a dog park, etc. Midlands hotspot. But I find this place most enjoyable when nothing is going on and it isnt busy, its safe and well kept. A nice relaxing place to read or walk.
  • To me, it's an aesthetically uninspired bridge that somehow gained fame because of the groundbreaking idea to connect not two but THREE pieces of land. *Claps hands slowly*
  • One star for each bridge. Pretty basic stuff, but I did see some people LARPing which was interesting I guess.
  • If you're in Midland, you need to check out the tridge and go for a walk around Chippewassee park.