February 7, 2016

MDOT getting work underway on Singing Bridge

Bridge will be reduced to one lane for duration


WHITNEY TWP. — Motorists taking US-23 to and from the Tawas area will be seeing some slowdown, as the Michigan Department of Transportation begins work on the Singing Bridge July 22.

According to MDOT construction engineer Brian Ulman, traffic on the bridge will be reduced to one lane while work is underway, and a temporary traffic signal will be put in place to prevent accidents.

“We’re basically doing bridge rehab work out there,” Ulman said. “It includes (coating) the overlay on the surface, subsurface patching, working on the concrete pavement, cleaning and resurfacing some of the structural steel, and approach work — the connections to the bridge on US-23. We will do at least one of them.”

MDOT will also be doing “slope paving repair,” which Ulman said is underneath the bridge in the channel. It involves protecting the channel’s banks against soil erosion, which could result in damage to the bridge’s supports, and Ulman likened it to armoring the bridge. The bridge will also get a fresh paint job on the road.

Work on the Singing Bridge is anticipated to cost a total of $570,000.

“It’s a rather small project,” he said. “Not a ton of work there by our standards, but there’s some stuff that’s needed.”

Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 27 at the latest.

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