|Bridge Name||Facility Carried / Feature Intersected||Location||Structure Type||Construction Date / Builder or Contractor|
|Main Street Bridge||Main Street (US-12 BR) Over St. Joseph River||Niles: Berrien County, Michigan||Concrete Deck Arch, Stationary||1919 By: Unknown|
|Structure Length||Roadway Width||Main Spans||Approach Spans|
|338 Feet (103 Meters)||30 Feet (9.1 Meters)||4||None|
This bridge, together with the Niles Railroad Bridge, create a unique river scene in Niles that adds a lot of beauty to the city. A river walk passes under this bridge, so it is easy to visit this bridge and many people get to enjoy viewing this bridge during their walks. This bridge is slightly inclined, and so the arches are taller at the western end of the bridge.
This deck arch bridge has a coat of protective paint on it, however, it does not appear that any work was done to the structure prior to paint application. As such, the paint may deceive casual viewers that this bridge is in good condition and has been taken care of. This is not the case, as there is considerable cracking and spalling on the arches. In contrast however, the good news is the original railings remain on the bridge. With a more thorough restoration, this bridge could continue to be a downtown attraction for decades to come.
Information and Findings From MDOT
This is the fourth largest earth-filled concrete arch
bridge known to survive in Michigan, with an overall length of 338 feet.
It is located on US-12 over the St. Joseph River in Berrien County.