23 "Critical" Bridges in Mid-Michigan

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

In the ten county area that surrounds the capital city, rumble over nearly 1000 bridges and structures everyday.

"I think about it. What are the chances of falling?" Josh Manderger, a motorcyclist at Elm Street, says.

That they could use some maintenance is clear to even an untrained eye and inspectors, apparently, say just that. 23 bridges are listed as "critical." More are structurally deficient.

"A structurally deficient designation of a bridges does not mean it's an unsafe bridge," Kari Arend, M-DOT spokesperson, says. "As of right now, we are confidant we have no unsafe bridges in Michigan."

Arend says those bridges are at the top of the list for maintenance and in some cases replacement too. Bridges are inspected once every two years by federal standards and she says MDOT would close off any overpass that was an imment danger to drivers.

Though lobbyists argue road funding is decreasing in Michigan, MDOT says the $180 million they spend on bridges each year is actually an increase.

Their five year plan designates $73 million for bridge preservation in our area.
Of 986 structures, 60 are scheduled for work.

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The list of bridges and overpasses designated as "Critical" or 3 with a possible low score of 1:

ELM ROAD OVER I-94
DETTMAN ROAD OVER I-94
SARGENT ROAD OVER I-94
US-127NB/SB OVER I-94
M-50, US-127 BR OVER CONTROL
I-94 OVER CONRAIL AND GRAND RIVER
I-94 OVER I-94 BL SB
KIPP ROAD OVER US-127
SB 496 OVER I-96
US-223 OVER RAISIN R
US-23 OVER M-36
M-59, I-96BL OVER CSX RR
US-23 SB OVER INDIANA AND OHIO RR
US-24 OVER SANDY CREEK
S HURON R DR OVER I-75
OLD M-78 EB OVER S BR LOOKING GLASS RIVER
M-71OVER I-69
M-71 OVER HOLLY DRAIN
8 MI ROAD OVER US-23

Visit www.michigan.gov/mdot to see the 5-year plan for repairs and maintenance. Mid-Michigan is the University Region.


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