This two span arch bridge is historically significant for being among the oldest remaining concrete arch bridges in Michigan, and is locally noteworthy as a remnant of an industrial past to a city that is largely residential with a service oriented local economy. The Michigan Central built this bridge to carry the railroad line they owned which connected Bay City to Rochester, bypassing both Flint and Saginaw. The Columbiaville Railroad Bridge is on this same line as is the M-24 Overpass in Lapeer. The line is mostly abandoned, although some of the northern sections have remained in use by Huron and Eastern Railroad. In the Rochester area, little remains of the railroad line itself, however this bridge remains in place crossing Paint Creek. In the Rochester area, the railroad line followed the small valley that Paint Creek runs in. The bridge was recently rehabilitated for non-motorized use. Interpretive signage describing the history of the area was also erected. The bridge is mentioned in the signage. This bridge represents a good preservation project that adaptively reuses a former railroad bridge.
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