February 12, 2016

Stimulus covers barrier repair

Project begins today

TIm Barnum
Crumbling, broken concrete can be seen on the bridge that passes over Big Creek, on a bridge that'll receive some work funded by the stimulus package.

AuGRES TOWNSHIP — The concrete barrier and bridge over Big Creek is getting a $57,000 repair job to increase motorist safety.

A press release from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) says the project, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, includes patching on the concrete over Big Creek in AuGres Township.

“Crews are going to patch areas of the railing where the concrete is cracked,” said MDOT spokesperson Anita Richardson, adding repairs to the steel guardrail are not specified as part of the project, despite some cracks in it. “It’s badly deteriorating. ... Whatever portion's deteriorated for the whole bridge, that's where they're patching."

Throughout the undertaking, which began Sept. 14 and is scheduled to wrap up in early October, single lane closures can be expected, says MDOT.

Midwest Bridge, of Williamston, is the contractor for the project.

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