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Two closed Livingston bridges set for replacement

Two Livingston County bridges are being funded for complete replacement in the next two years.

Phase II of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) bridge bundling program will get underway later this year targeting 59 candidate bridges, which were prioritized based on regional mobility and safety. Among them is the Bowdish Road bridge over Portage Creek in Unadilla Township and the McCabe Road bridge over the Huron River in Green Oak Township.

In February, the initial phase of the program included reconstructing the Mason Road bridge over the Shiawassee River in Howell Township and the Iosco Road bridge over the Red Cedar River drain. Both of those projects will get underway in May and are expected to take 60 days to complete.

This latest phase, however, focuses on closed and load-posted bridges. Some will be permanently removed while others will be fully replaced.

The Bowdish Road bridge in Unadilla Township will be replaced in 2023 at a cost of $1,740,000. The McCabe Road bridge in Green Oak Township is slated for replacement in 2024 at a cost of $4,110,000. Both are currently closed to traffic.

MDOT expects bridge bundling, which covers several bridge locations under one contract, “to streamline coordination and permitting, increase economies of scale, and improve bridge conditions on local routes around the state.”

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