Historic bridge in Lansing undergoes demolition

March 16, 2017 by  

Lansing officials are demolishing a landmark to keep the public safe.

The Canadian National Railroad bridge, which is located on Dakin Street and provides a secondary access route to Potter Park, is being taken down. The bridge is 100 years old, having been constructed in 1917 by a private party, meaning it does not qualify for funding from either the state or federal governments.

Due to the deterioration of the supports and deck, the bridge has not carried traffic of any kind for six years. The cost of bringing the bridge into compliance with the standards dictating how much clearance has to be provided between the bridge and the tracks below was prohibitive, adding to the decision to tear it down.

The process of demolishing the structure will take approximately four weeks, and a new entrance to the Potter Park Zoo is available off Allen Street. The zoo, which has more than 500 individual animals that represent some 160 species in residence, comprises more than 20 acres. Potter Park Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is a popular Lansing attraction.

Projects like this can benefit if officials work with a flyer printing company to create a mailer for residents. The mailer can explain the reasons for demolishing the structure, the safety concerns that might arise during the work, and any suggested alternate routes for drivers or pedestrians.