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Cass Street Bridge Opens to Vehicular & Pedestrian Traffic

by Colleen Paveglio
Monday, November 8, 2021

Cass Street Bridge Update

Cass Street Bridge Opens to Pedestrian and Vehicular Traffic

 

The City of Traverse City began major bridgework throughout the City in June 2021. Bridge work 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.

The City would like to remind pedestrians that each bridge site is an active construction zone and pedestrian detours should be followed. Entering work sites demands caution and concern for the safety of the workers and to not interfere with their activities so the remaining work can be completed efficiently. 

S. Cass Street Bridge Opens to Vehicular, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Traffic

As of 5 p.m. on Monday, November 8, 2021, two travel lanes will open for traffic/bicyclists on the west half of the Cass Street Bridge. Pedestrians will be routed on the easterly side of the vehicular traffic lanes and between construction barrels delineating the path. Painting subcontractors will occupy a portion of the east travel lane and the parking lane to complete applying a protective sealant on a concrete arch.

The S. Cass Street Bridge construction began on June 14, 2021. The project includes bridge removal and replacement.  Amenities include a decorative pedestrian railing and traditional streetscape. The site will remain an active construction zone through mid-December when railing materials are anticipated to arrive.  The City would like to remind pedestrians that each bridge site is an active construction zone and pedestrian detours should be followed. Entering work sites demands caution and concern for the safety of the workers and to not interfere with their activities so the remaining work can be completed efficiently.

Park Street Bridge Completed

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 occurred between Monday, November 1st and 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. Pedestrian scale lighting will be installed in the near future and may impact traffic.

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

Street paving is complete on the E. Eighth Street Bridge. Sidewalk work is on-going and will be completed as possible (weather dependent). Concrete work will take longer due to colder temperatures. Thus, pedestrian/cyclist detour cooperation is needed to ensure the concrete cures correctly. 

The E. Eighth Street Bridge construction began on July 26, 2021 and is anticipated to be complete in 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. The site will remain an active construction zone through November. Short-term closures may be implemented if required. The City would like to remind pedestrians that each bridge site is an active construction zone and pedestrian detours should be followed. Entering work sites demands caution and concern for the safety of the workers and to not interfere with their activities so the remaining work can be completed efficiently.

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. 

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.

To learn more about upcoming bridgework and view project updates and detour information, visit https://www.traversecitymi.gov/bridgework.asp

 

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