Gov. Whitmer Announces Rebuilding Our Bridges Project Starting Today in Ingham County

20 June, 2022
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Gov. Whitmer Announces Rebuilding Our Bridges Project Starting Today in Ingham County

LANSING, Mich.  Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced major repair work on the Linn Road bridge over Deer Creek in Ingham County starts today as part of her Rebuilding Our Bridges program. The bridge will have its superstructure replaced, which includes full removal and replacement of the bridge deck and supporting beams. The repairs will be completed and reopened to traffic within 60 days. 

 

“Together, we are moving dirt to fix roads and bridges across Michigan to keep drivers safe and save them time and money," said Governor Whitmer. "Since I took office through the end of this year, Michigan has fixed over 16,000 lane miles of road and 1,200 bridges, supporting nearly 89,000 jobs. Now, as construction season kicks into high gear, we have completed six bridge projects, with the latest completed two weeks ahead of schedule. We are setting up orange cones at record pace as we make the largest investment in state roads and bridges in Michigan's history thanks to the bipartisan Building Michigan Together Plan and my Rebuilding Our Bridges program. Let's keep fixing our roads with the right mix and materials, so they stay fixed, and support good-paying jobs along the way to power our economy to new highs.” 

 

About Rebuilding Our Bridges Program  

The Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Rebuilding Our Bridges pilot program, the first of its kind in Michigan, will repair 19 bridges owned by local agencies in serious or critical condition. Each bridge will have its superstructure replaced, which includes full removal and replacement of the bridge deck and supporting beams. 

 

MDOT expects bridge bundling, which covers several bridge locations under one contract, to streamline coordination and permitting, increase economies of scale, and improve bridge conditions on local routes around the state. MDOT is working to expand the approach, already in use on state trunkline projects, to address locally owned bridges. 

 

The program’s online dashboard at Michigan.gov/BridgeBundling provides project updates and shows percent completion, detour routes, and other information for each of these projects.  

 

The remaining seven bridges to be rebuilt this year under the pilot project are:  

Bridge 

County 

Scheduled Start Date 

Contracted Length of Project 

Dennis Road 

Ingham County 

July 5 

60 days 

Palms Road 

St. Clair County 

July 5 

90 days 

Sand Creek Highway 

Lenawee County 

August 1 

90 days 

Iosco Road 

Livingston County 

August 15 

60 days 

Dollarville Road 

Luce County 

August 1 

60 days 

26 Mile Road 

Macomb County 

July 25 

90 days 

Nottawa Road 

St. Joseph County 

August 15 

90 days 

 

Completed Rebuilding Our Bridges projects 

Bridge 

County 

Completed Date 

31 Mile Road 

Macomb 

June 10 

Byron Road 

Ottawa 

June 3 

Herbison Road 

Clinton 

June 1  

East Washington Street 

Jackson 

May 13 

33 Mile Road 

Macomb 

May 12  

Bentley Street 

Lapeer 

May 3  

 

Rebuilding Our Bridges Program Phase II 

$196 million in federal COVID relief funds appropriated by Governor Whitmer and the legislature will allow the state to execute Phase II of the bridge bundling program, beginning later this year, to fix 59 more bridges. 

 

A list of the Phase II bridges, which were prioritized based on regional mobility and safety, is available here. Phase II focuses on closed and load-posted bridges. Some will be permanently removed while others will be fully replaced. 


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