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Posted on Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 10:03 a.m.

Road Commission receives state funding to replace two Saline Township bridges

By Lisa Allmendinger

Two bridges in Saline Township will be funded for replacement by the state in fiscal year 2014.

The Washtenaw County Road Commission got the good news this week that two of the five bridges they’d submitted for replacement funding received the go-ahead from the state Department of Transportation.

The Austin Road bridge over the Saline River and Feldcamp Road bridge made the cut said Roy Townsend, county highway engineer.

The Austin Road Bridge over the Saline River has an estimated replacement cost of $1.125 million, while the cost for replacing the Feldcamp Road bridge is estimated at $1.235 million.

Each year, the Road Commission can submit five bridge projects to the state Department of Transportation for possible funding.

“The Road Commission would be responsible for the design, right-of-way, construction engineering, and the local match for the construction costs,” Townsend said.

The Saline Township Board has already approved a resolution to cover its share of the funding for the bridge replacements. MDOT pays 95 percent of the construction costs for the bridges.

Road Commission engineers looked at the list of 111 local bridges in the county and narrowed its selections to a top 10, and then a top five -- based on bridge condition, public safety and economic impact to the area.

This year, two closed bridges in Lima Township and one in Sharon Township were replaced, while the Mast Road Bridge in Webster Township received major repairs.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at



Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 4:15 p.m.

what about bike lanes on stoney creek road!!!! from whitker rd. to milan . this is a much needed bike route that is very dangerous because there is no shoulder for riders to ride on the pavement is all cracked up. you would think since rolling hills park now has such a beautiful bike path it would be the intelligent thing to do.

Fat Bill

Sun, Nov 6, 2011 : 2:18 a.m.

Mitch, bridge funds are for bridges, not bike lanes. I often find it interesting when somebody moves to the country, and the next thing they want are sidewalks, streetlights, and bike paths. Thats for city living, in the country, we are just happy to have decently paved roads...