Lansing begins the New Year with a bridge retrofit

January 21, 2013 by  

As of Monday, January 7, 2013, the Michigan Department of Transportation has started repair work on the Clemens Street Bridge, which spans I-496 in Lansing, Michigan. The work should be completed by June, 2013.

The retrofit of the Clemens Street Bridge is only part of an ongoing project addressing the deteriorating condition of 34 bridges between Waverly Road and Clemens Street, along I-496. As always, the work done will depend on the unpredictable and sometimes brutal Michigan weather.

The work will impact traffic, of course. On January 7, work crews closed one lane in either direction so they could set up barriers and bring equipment to the site. There will be sporadic weekend and nighttime traffic disruptions, and state workers also shut down Clemens Street entirely on Wednesday, January 9. Detour signs have been posted to help motorists find their way to alternate routes, which include Kalamazoo Street and Aurelius Road. Finally, the Michigan Department of Transportation reminds all drivers that snowplows need extra room.

This might be an opportunity for the Michigan Department of Transportation to work with flyer printers to devise guidelines that can be posted around the city to help people who have to deal with the bridge closure and detours. The city of Lansing itself could also work with brochure printers to explain the retrofit in detail, the length of construction, the projected outcome, and any financial impact that might impact the residents.