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Posted on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 : 4:11 p.m.

New Willis Road Bridge opens to traffic after 4 months of construction

By Amy Biolchini

After four months of construction, the newly constructed Willis Road Bridge over the west branch of Paint Creek in Augusta Township is open to traffic.

Washtenaw County Road Commission crews completed work on the last part of the bridge - the installation of the approach guardrail - late Monday.

The $750,000 project began in June and was paid for by the Michigan Department of Transportation Local Bridge Program. Work included relocating a sewer main and a storm sewer, demolishing the former bridge -- which was built in 1926 -- and building a new bridge using precast concrete box beams.

The new bridge can carry full legal loads and can accommodate two lanes of traffic with shoulder room on each side.

The construction project initially was slated for completion before the start of the academic school year, but the start of the project was delayed a couple weeks because of a sanitary sewer project that had to be completed before work could begin.

Traffic en route to the Lincoln Consolidated Schools campus at 8970 Whittaker Road, just west of the Willis Road Bridge, experienced some delays during the tail end of the project as a main route to the campus was out of commission.

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Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.