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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  • by Bill Location: Hillsdale on Aug 5, 2007 at 06:05 AM
    WHY DOES IT TAKE SOMETHING MAJOR, LIKE A "BRIDGE COLLAPSE", BEFORE SOMEONE THINKS OF CHECKING AND PREVENTING IT, "BEFORE" IT HAPPENS.
  • by Susan Location: East Lansing on Aug 4, 2007 at 12:05 PM
    Your story should have quoted people outside of state government, such as independent civil engineers and others who are familiar with the bridge inspection process. You should also request the complete list of bridges on MDOT's serious and critical list and look at the ratings, which rate the deck of the bridge, the substructure of the bridge, and the superstructure. Each of them get a rating, and then there is an overall rating. You can request the list through the Freedom of Information Act. Also, MDOT's budget for roads and bridges has been dropping and will continue to drop. You should request those figures for the past five years and forward. They have them, and recently used them in testimony before the House Transportation Committee in Lansing to make their point that more funding is needed.
  • by JB Location: Jackson on Aug 3, 2007 at 10:17 AM
    Well with what happened in Minnesota there should be concern and that if there is even any possible question about a bridge it should be closed right away. What happened in Minnesota sounds like to me someone did not do there inspection very well or that bridge would have been closed to prevent that from happening. Now as for here in Michigan these inspectors better do good or there will be alot of trouble brought about by it the first time someone gets hurt by a bad bridge.
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