Ann Arbor picks up $3 million more for Stadium bridges, now has $17.3 million in grants for project
The city of Ann Arbor is getting nearly $3 million from the state of Michigan for the East Stadium Boulevard bridges reconstruction project, officials announced today.
The Michigan Department of Transportation's Local Bridge Advisory Board awarded a grant for $1.75 million. MDOT also is chipping in another $1.2 million through a transportation enhancement grant for the 2011 fiscal year for non-motorized portions of the project.
The state awards come on top of the $13.9 million TIGER II grant funds the city recently received from the U.S. Department of Transportation. U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, also has secured $450,000 for the project in the fiscal year 2011 Transportation, House and Urban Affairs Appropriations bill, which passed the House by a vote of 251-167 on July 29.
That brings the total tally of federal and state grants for the $23 million project up to $17.3 million.
And that leaves less than $6 million the city will have to come with on its own. City officials say there's enough money in the street millage and utility funds.
“We are thrilled to have 75 percent of the bridges replacement costs awarded in federal and state grants,” Mayor John Hieftje said in a statement today. “In comparison, in 2002 the Broadway bridges reconstruction project received approximately 58 percent of its total funding from federal and state funds. We are in a great place to begin reconstruction of the Ann Arbor bridges at our earliest opportunity in 2011, with construction expected to last approximately 18 months.”
City officials said construction of the non-motorized facilities, which are possible with the $1.2 million enhancement grant, will be an integral part of the reconstruction of the two bridges and are part of the city's Non-Motorized Transportation Plan, the Non-Motorized Plan for Washtenaw County and the vision for the Allen Creek Greenway. The improvements will provide safe access for pedestrians to Pioneer High School and the University of Michigan, city officials said.
The East Stadium bridges carry more than 28,000 vehicles per day. Since February 2009, traffic on the bridges has been limited to one lane in each direction due to ongoing deterioration of the bridge structures.
The project includes completely replacing the two bridge spans over South State Street and the Ann Arbor Railroad tracks. The project limits extend from Kipke Drive to a point 200 feet west of South Industrial Highway.
Two community meetings have been held regarding preliminary design, but a future meeting also will be scheduled before construction begins next spring, city officials said today. At the meeting, city officials plan to discuss construction and traffic control plans with residents and make modifications as necessary.
A link to proposed detour routes is available on the project webpage.
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