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North Watervliet Road/Paw Paw Lake Outlet Bridge
North Watervliet Road over Paw Paw Lake Outlet, Watervliet Township - Berrien County
Other Names Trunk Line No. 57 Bridge
Property Type bridge
Historic Use TRANSPORTATION/road-related (vehicular)
Current Use TRANSPORTATION/road-related (vehicular)
Style Other
Architect/Builder State Highway Department
W. B. Rogers
Narrative Description main span number: 1 main span length: 40.0 structure length: 45.0 roadway width: 24.0 structure width: 22.0 The North Watervliet Road Bridge is located slightly north of the city limits of Watervliet and just east of Paw Paw Lake in a rural residential area. The road curves sharply to the south of the bridge. The bridge appears to serve residents and people visiting Paw Paw Lake. The bridge features solid concrete parapet railings with six recesses on each side, and Armco guard rails bolted to corners. Identical bridge plates appear at the north and south corners. The bridge's arch is barrel vaulted.
Statement of Significance The bridge plates indicate that this structure was originally Trunk Line No. 57, built in 1916 by the state highway department, presumable according to a standard plan. The structure resembles the department's standard plan for a reinforced concrete arch found in the Fifth Biennial Report (1913-1914). The route was part of the West Michigan Pike, which promoted tourism in the western half of the state. This bridge is eligible for the National Register under Criterion C, as a good, early example of a concrete arch bridge built according to a state highway department standard plan.
Period of Significance 1916
Significant Date(s) 1916
Registry Type(s) 12/17/1999 National Register listed
Site ID# P22224