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Bridge Construction Begins June 2, 2021

by Colleen Paveglio
Friday, May 28, 2021

May 28, 2021 -  Through careful planning, the City of Traverse City is preparing to begin major bridgework throughout the City on June 1, 2021. The infrastructure improvements will include the bridges on Park Street, S. Cass Street and E. Eighth Street. 

City staff is coordinating the project with MDOT’s Traverse City TSC and Local Agency Bridge program, the City’s municipal utilities, DDA, and public services, State and Federal agencies, and property owners, and water recreation businesses. The project is being funded by the MDOT Local Bridge Fund ($3.9 Million), City Funds ($294,000), City Municipal Utility Funds ($383,000), and DDA TIF Funds ($432,000). 

"The upcoming bridge work is critical to maintaining our infrastructure within the City. Staff has worked diligently on preparing for these major bridge projects for the City's future.  We are pleased to have funding assistance from various sources to invest in infrastructure and develop increased amenities such as pedestrian lighting and wider sidewalks,” says City Manager Martin Colburn


Park Street Bridge

Beginning June 2, 2021, site preparation will begin for the Park Street Bridge. The project will include 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 will be included in the project. The Parks Street Bridge project is anticipated to be completed in November 2021.


S. Cass Street Bridge

The S. Cass Street Bridge construction is anticipated to begin construction on June 14, 2021. The project will include bridge removal and replacement.  Amenities include a decorative pedestrian railing and traditional streetscape. An effort to maintain the historic character of the original bridge through the rehabilitation to remove the wood sidewalk and railing will be made.  The S. Cass Street Bridge project is anticipated to be completed in November 2021.


E. Eighth Street Bridge

The E. Eighth Street Bridge construction is anticipated to begin construction on July 26, 2021. The project will include the replacement of the bridge deck and extension of a watermain transmission line. Additional amenities incorporated into the project include the extension of the cycle track to connect with the 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 E. Eighth Street Bridge project is anticipated to be completed in November 2021.

"The bridges throughout the City are in need of maintenance and repair.  While the construction season is upon us, we can work together to navigate through the City with patience to create a safe environment for motorists, pedestrians, City staff, and contractors within these work zones," says Mayor Jim Carruthers.

The construction will generate dust and noise. Traffic delays are expected and detour maps have been developed to assist those traveling throughout the City. Pedestrians will be directed to use the Cass Street tunnel to access Clinch Park and the Open Space. The Boardman River will be closed to traffic during the weekdays and open on the weekends as much as possible.

“The Downtown Development Authority appreciates the partnership in starting this important bridge infrastructure work for our entire region.  The bridge repair work, though disruptive to vehicles, is a much needed infrastructure improvement that will be both an aesthetic and logistical enhancement to our downtown community,” says DDA CEO Jean Derenzy.


The Downtown Development Authority will hold two informational zoom sessions to discuss upcoming bridge projects on Park, Cass, Eighth, and Front Streets and how this construction will affect Downtown Traverse City. Both sessions will have a question-and-answer session, as well as an explanation of the proposed detour routes.


The first session will take place at 9am on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

Link to the Zoom Session:

Meeting ID: 898 8287 4449

Passcode: 045027

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The second session will take place at 3pm on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

Link to the Zoom Session:

Meeting ID: 819 8218 9247

Passcode: 830337

One tap mobile +13126266799,,81982189247#,,,,*830337# US (Chicago)

+16465588656,,81982189247#,,,,*830337# US (New York)


To learn more about upcoming bridgework and view project updates and detour information, visit


DWSRF Water System Improvement Project Plan

by Colleen Paveglio
Friday, May 21, 2021

DRAFT DWSRF Water System Improvement Project Plan.

A public hearing has been scheduled for June 21, 2021. 

November 2, 2021 Election: Nominating Packets Available

by Colleen Paveglio
Thursday, May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021 

Nominating packets for those who wish to run for the Office of Mayor or Office of City Commissioner are available from the City Clerk’s Office, first floor, Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, Michigan.

Offices available:

Mayor, two-year term ending November 13, 2023

3 City Commissioners, four-year term ending November 10, 2025.

One City Commission, partial term ending November 13, 2023.

Candidates must file nominating petitions and other required documentation with the City Clerk by July 20, 2021, at 4 p.m.

The City Commission is the legislative body of the City of Traverse City, essentially functioning as the city's "board of directors." The following is the mission statement for the City Commission:

The mission of the Traverse City City Commission is to guide the preservation and development of the City’s infrastructure, services, and planning based on extensive participation by its citizens coupled with the expertise of the city’s staff. The Commission will both lead and serve Traverse City in developing a vision for sustainability and the future that is rooted in the hopes and input of its citizens and organizations, as well as cooperation from surrounding units of government.

Very broadly speaking, the functions of the City Commission for the City of Traverse City are to:

  • Set public policy for the city through ordinances and other official actions
  • Allocate public funds under the city's control and responsibility, including adoption of the City Budget
  • Exercise policy oversight of the city's resources
  • Appoint the City Manager and City Attorney; and in order to maintain a system of checks and balances, to provide for appropriate separation of duties and autonomy in conducting and performing official and corporate functions, the City Commission approves the City Manager's indefinite appointment and removal of the City Clerk and the City Treasurer
  • Appoint individuals to various board and commissions
  • Exercise other authority and powers granted to it by the Michigan Constitution, Michigan Law, Michigan Promulgated Rules, the City Charter and other authorities

The City Commission consists of six members and the Mayor, all elected at-large (all members of the City Commission represent the entire city, as the city is not broken into "wards" or "districts"). All offices on the City Commission are non-partisan. The Mayor is elected for a two-year term and Commissioners are elected for four-year terms. City Commission terms are arranged so that no more than four terms (or "seats") expire every two years. City Commission elections are held in November of odd years.

As provided by Michigan Law and the City Charter, for ceremonial purposes, the Mayor is the chief executive officer of the city. The Mayor presides over all meetings of the City Commission and has a voice and vote on all matters before the City Commission, but is without veto power. Along with the City Clerk, the Mayor executes various items by signature as the City Commission, City Charter, Michigan Law require.

For further information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (231) 922-4480, or email

Candidates elected at the November 2, 2021, election, will be sworn in by City Clerk Benjamin Marentette and take office at 7 p.m. on November 8, 2021.