The Tridge
The Tridge is the formal name of a three-way footbridge above the confluence of the Chippewa and Tittabawassee Rivers near downtown Midland, Michigan, in the Tri-Cities. The bridge was constructed in 1981 at a cost of $732,000 and took 6,400 hours of labor. The site also marks the starting point of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail. Although being mainly a footbridge, bicycles, skateboards, and in-line skates are also allowed on the bridge. Fishing is generally not permitted from the bridge although it does occur frequently. The Tridge, located beside the Midland farmers market, has become an icon of the city in the past two decades, and is the most famous landmark of the downtown area. Each year on Labor Day, the Tridge mimics the Mackinac Bridge to the north, in hosting a "Labor Day walk". In addition, St. Charles Park, which surrounds the Tridge, is host to many public and private events. At night the bridge's arches are lit. During summer evenings, the Tridge is a popular hangout spot for local teens largely because it is near the Downtown area and several popular areas. The Trilogy Skatepark is located just 100 yards north of the Tridge in Chippewassee Park. Nearby are Pizza Sam's, a pizza and ice-cream shop, and Espresso Milano, a coffee shop.