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100th Street bridge ready to reopen after repairs complete

Posted at 5:54 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 17:56:53-04

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The 100th Street bridge is reopening after months of construction during a $10 million project.

Improvements include a new sidewalk and bike path, as well as raising the grade by two feet so the bridge’s overpass doesn’t get hit as often – which it was notorious for.

“This bridge is notorious for getting hit often, especially during rush hour,” MDOT Director Paul Ajegba said. “It gets hit, traffic gets backed up for miles. So to have it completed two feet higher than what it used to be meets the federal requirements for 16-foot under clearance.”

Unlike most things this year, the COVID-19 pandemic actually helped the project move along because decreased traffic allowed construction crews to do more closures.

The original structure was built in the 1950s.