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Posted on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 1:35 p.m.

Public meeting scheduled to share details about Stadium bridges reconstruction in Ann Arbor

By Ryan J. Stanton

Ann Arbor officials are inviting members of the public to an information-sharing meeting for the East Stadium Boulevard bridges reconstruction project.

The meeting will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Pioneer High School cafeteria annex at 601 W. Stadium Blvd.


The aging bridge span over State Street that will be torn down next month. Part of it already was removed due to concerns about falling chunks of concrete.

Courtesy of city of Ann Arbor

At the meeting, city officials plan to present information on topics such as the construction schedule, project funding and impacts, roadway closures and planned detour routes, driving tips, what to expect during construction, and how to stay informed about the project.

The latest schedule for the $22.8 million project shows the work beginning after the Ohio State game against the University of Michigan at the end of November.

The project includes removal and replacement of the existing Stadium bridge spans over State Street and the nearby Ann Arbor Railroad tracks, staircase construction at two locations on State Street, pedestrian tunnel extensions, installation of retaining walls and replacement of storm sewer and water main, and enhancements to Rose White Park.

Stadium will be reconstructed from Kipke Drive to South Industrial Highway and State will be reconstructed from Henry Street to Rose Avenue.

South State Street is expected to be closed Nov. 28 through Dec. 13 in the vicinity of the project. That's when crews will demolish the bridge span there and install needed storm and sanitary sewers that will be utilized in subsequent phases of the project.

The project website can be found at

Ann Arbor officials also are encouraging people to follow project updates on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook and subscribe to receive e-mail updates.

Previous story with poll: Stadium bridges project to begin Nov. 28 and include radiant-heat staircases

Ryan J. Stanton covers government and politics for Reach him at or 734-623-2529. You also can follow him on Twitter or subscribe to's e-mail newsletters.



Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 10:29 p.m.

My, there's certainly a ... wide range ... of intelligent and informed opinion on this topic.


Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 12:12 p.m.

How much money did the federal government borrow from China to give to us so this bridge could be rebuilt?

Dog Guy

Thu, Oct 27, 2011 : 9:06 p.m.

Will a collection be taken at this meeting? Will Dingell be autographing photos? Will the new span over State Street have more clearance height? Will the cafeteria radiant heaters be turned on?


Thu, Oct 27, 2011 : 2:02 a.m.

I wonder if the City of Ann Arbor will finally tell the public at this public meeting how much money they had to give up to UM so this bridge construction project could go forward? was alot of money!


Thu, Oct 27, 2011 : 12:45 a.m.

Wow -- a Public Meeting two years after the fact...really can't wait to run to this one and see what they have "planned"...maybe they will be totally interested in our opinions and what we have to say!.....NOT....

Long Time No See

Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 2:28 a.m.

Two years after what? I assume the quotes around "planned" are intended to indicate sarcasm, but it isn't clear to me what you're implying about the plans for the Stadium bridges project.


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 9:57 p.m.

It's going to be difficult to walk (or run) from one side of State to the other. I am hoping the U keeps the pathway between the practice and field hockey fields open 24/7 during this construction. For some reason they have taken to locking the gates before 8 and after 5.

Long Time No See

Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 2:21 a.m.

The athletic department has stated that the reason the path is now closed is that there were problems with vandalism, dog poop, etc. around the field hockey fields and they felt that it was a student-athlete safety issue. It's my understanding that the gate schedule will not change during the stadium bridge construction. If that's the case, the gates will be open 7:30am to 5:00pm, as posted. I think it would be nice if they were open at least a little bit later. They do open the gates for football games, but I don't know if they'll open them for basketball games.


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 8:18 p.m.

All I know is we need more bike paths.............


Thu, Oct 27, 2011 : 2:25 a.m.

Good job win a prize....LOL


Thu, Oct 27, 2011 : 12:46 a.m.

Seriously -- you don't understand irony when you read it??? Really??


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 9:51 p.m.

@cinnabar7071 Bike riders may not pay per se, but they reduce the wear and tear on the pavement so it doesn't need to be repaired as soon.


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 8:29 p.m.

How much do bike riders pay towards road construction, or repairs? Mike maybe you could come up with a way to fund that, I fully support more bikes instead of cars, but I feel it should be funded by the users.


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 7:28 p.m.

"Stadium will be reconstructed from Kipke Drive to South Industrial Highway" Really? Surely this is a misprint! The few hundred yards between Kipke and Main (adjacent to Crisler and Michigan Stadium) are going to be left as-is, or deteriorated further by the traffic from heavy trucks? The city is going to neglect a portion of roadway that is substandard by any measure -- and lose the economy of scale when equipment and manpower are already in place and the roadway is closed to traffic anyway? If this is right, what is the plan for reconstructing that portion? Between someday and never? Seriously?


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 7:34 p.m.

Good idea for you to read up on the project.


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 6:42 p.m.

Yea! A shovel Ready Job from the 2009 Stimulus Package?


Thu, Oct 27, 2011 : 12:47 a.m.

Ann Arbor Tree Huggers +1 Irony -- 0

Charlie Brown's Ghost

Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 10:02 p.m.

Rob, I think the rules say joke-telling is not allowed in the comments section.


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 6:49 p.m.

One of many. Thanks to the President and our great Senators for the funding that allows this necessary infrastructure repair to take place.


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 6:33 p.m.

I would like the City of Ann Arbor to relocate the art in front of city hall to this location. This would show the taxpayers of the city the priorities of the city officials.