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M-139 Niles Bridge (Replacement)

Photos 

Overview Looking West

Bridge as seen from a few blocks uphill, in downtown Niles. The arches are decorative, paying homage to the bowstring arch bridge that once stood here.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2020

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BH Photo #480041

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Stringer bridge over St. Joseph River on M-139
Location
Niles, Berrien County, Michigan
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 2015
Design
Stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 120.4 ft.
Total length: 368.1 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.82984, -86.25990   (decimal degrees)
41°49'47" N, 86°15'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/561456/4631148 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
9,950
Inventory numbers
MINEW 00857 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 87416 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 79.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Categories 

Beam (15,396)
Berrien County, Michigan (49)
Built 2015 (40)
Built during 2010s (421)
Michigan (1,118)
Modern (2,395)
NR-listed (2,922)
Niles, Michigan (6)
Open (39,666)
Owned by state (15,794)
Span length 100-125 feet (4,372)
Total length 250-500 feet (5,189)

Update Log 

  • August 26, 2020: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • December 9, 2019: Added by Mike Kerkau

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Mike Kerkau - mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com
  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net

Comments 

M-139 Niles Bridge (Replacement)
Posted August 26, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

1. How long ago would the bowstring arch have been here? "Bowstring" makes me think it's not the one that came right before and lasted for 96 years.

2. That this design was intended to "pay homage" to that seems a bit suspect to me, if only because MDOT employed a nearly-identical design for a replacement in Montmorency County: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.0627473,-83.9008187,3a,75y,4...

...except, that replaced a concrete camelback rather than a bowstring anything.