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Gov. Whitmer attends reopening of Jackson bridge

Published: May. 13, 2022 at 11:31 AM EDT
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JACKSON, Mich. (WILX) - Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited Jackson Friday to attend the reopening of the E. Washington Avenue bridge following construction.

The bridge’s repair is one of 19 projects in the Rebuilding MI Bridges program announced by Gov. Whitmer earlier this year. The program covers several bridge locations under a single contract in order to streamline coordination and permitting of repairs.

Background: Construction work begins on three Jackson bridges

“Washington Street is right off the trunkline going into an industrial area. The bridge serves as a connector,” Jackson city engineer Jon Dowling said. “The project, once it got going, has gone great and construction went quickly.”

The Rebuilding MI Bridges program is a bundling program, which covers several locations under one contract, streamlines coordination and permitting, increases economies of scale, and improves bridge conditions on local routes around the state. The reopening in Jackson comes a day after the 33 Mile Road bridge in Macomb County, the second bridge in the program, also reopened to traffic.

The city is expected to see another bridge repaired soon; The East Ganson Street bridge over the Grand River.

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