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E. Eighth Street Bridge Open to Vehicular Traffic
E. Eighth 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 E. Eighth Street Bridge is expected to be open by the end of the day Friday, November 19th. The installation of the architectural fascia panels will require a bridge closure for 1-2 weeks once the materials are delivered. Communication will be provided in advance of the closure.
Work has been completed to reopen the S. Cass Street Bridge to traffic. Work to strengthen the temporary wood railing is expected to be complete after November 29th as materials are delivered and work crews are available. Once the temporary wood railing is complete, the sidewalk will be open for pedestrian use. Pedestrians will continue to use the shoulder, while the bridge sidewalk remains closed. Work to strengthen the temporary wood railing is expected to be complete after November 29th as materials are delivered and work crews are available. Once the temporary wood railing is complete, the sidewalk will be open for pedestrian use. The temporary railings will be replaced by the permanent railings once materials are delivered which is expected to occur in December.
Work has resumed on the W. Front Street Bridge after a brief delay relating to protection of the active phone lines. The contractor will be finishing demolition and beginning cofferdam work over the next couple of weeks.
The Park Street, S. Cass Street, and E. Eighth Street Bridges are all open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic at this time. However, when work is being completed, the bridges will be active construction zones 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.
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