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City Bridge Update and Closures

by Colleen Paveglio
Thursday, October 28, 2021

City Bridgework Update

Park, Cass and Eighth Street Bridges anticipated completion in November 2021!

Through careful planning, the City of Traverse City began major bridgework throughout the City in June 2021. Bridgework was bundled to attract bridge contractors to bid on the project, drive competitive pricing and complete in the shortest amount of time possible.   The infrastructure improvements include the bridges on Park Street, S. Cass Street, E. Eighth Street, and W. Front Street.

Park Street Bridge to Close November 1 – 5, 2021

The Park Street Bridge construction began on June 2, 2021 and opened to vehicular and pedestrian traffic on September 2, 2021. A short-term closure is planned for Monday, November 1st through Friday November 5th to finalize necessary items on the bridge such as the installation of end wall caps and bridge and pedestrian railings.

The project included the construction of new bridge deck and an increased sidewalk width to 9.5’ from the existing width of 6’ – 4 ½”. Pedestrian scale lighting and traditional streetscape were also included in the project.

S. Cass Street Bridge Anticipated to be Complete in November 2021

The S. Cass Street Bridge construction began on June 14, 2021 and is anticipated to be complete in mid- November 2021. The project includes bridge removal and replacement.  Amenities include a decorative pedestrian railing and traditional streetscape.

E. Eighth Street Bridge Anticipated to be Complete in November 2021

The E. Eighth Street Bridge construction began on July 26, 2021 and is anticipated to be complete in mid- November 2021. The project includes the replacement of the bridge deck and extension of a watermain transmission line. Additional features incorporated into the project include the extension of the cycle track to connect with existing bike lanes, increased width of the sidewalk, decorative railings, and an aesthetic double arch fascia. The sidewalk under the bridge will be elevated and lighting will be installed.

W. Front Street Bridge

The West Front Street bridgework began on September 27, 2021 with anticipated completion in June 2022.   The project will include bridge removal and replacement and an extension of a watermain. Vehicular parking will be maintained along the bridge on the north and south sides. Amenities will include expansion of the sidewalk from the existing 7.5’ width to 11’-17’ in width with a traditional streetscape that includes pedestrian-scale lighting and street trees. Aesthetic treatments on the end walls and a fascia to resemble an arch will also be incorporated.  Vehicular traffic detour signage will be placed in the area. The pedestrian detour will utilize the pedestrian bridge over the Boardman River at Pine Street, to Garland Street, and Hall Street. 

City staff is coordinating the project with Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) s Traverse City Transportation Service Center and Local Agency Bridge program, the City’s municipal utilities and public services, the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority (DDA), State and Federal agencies, property owners, and water recreation businesses. The projects are being funded by the MDOT Local Bridge Fund ($5.2 Million), City Funds ($361,000), City Municipal Utility Funds ($680,000), and DDA Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Funds ($681,000). 

The construction will generate dust and noise. Traffic delays are expected. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic is asked to follow the detour signage. The Boardman River will continue to be closed to traffic during the weekdays and open on the weekends as much as possible. Businesses in the affected areas will remain open and will easily be accessed by utilizing the pedestrian detours.

The City would like to remind pedestrians that each bridge site is an active construction zone and pedestrian detours should be followed. As sidewalks are poured and paving is anticipated in the near future, for safety reasons, pedestrians should not be walking over the bridges.