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Posted on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 5:39 a.m.

5 bridge projects chosen for potential MDOT funding by Road Commission

By Lisa Allmendinger

A bridge over the Bauer Drain in Saline Township was one of five projects that will be submitted to the Michigan Department of Transportation for possible bridge funding in 2015 by the Washtenaw County Road Commission.

Last year, two of the five bridges submitted for funding by the Road Commission were not only in Saline Township but also received approval. They were the Austin Road Bridge over the Saline River at an estimated cost of $1.125 million and the Feldcamp Road bridge at an estimated cost of $1.235 million.

On Monday afternoon, the Road Commission board unanimously approved applications for bridge replacement on Austin Road over Bauer Drain in Saline Township at an estimated cost of $700,000.

The second project was the replacement of a bridge on McGregor Road over the Portage Lake Canal in Dexter Township at an estimated cost of $1.4 million.

Third on the list was the removal of the Wiard Road Bridge over Tyler Road in Ypsilanti Township.

If the Wiard Road project is approved, the Road Commission will remove the bridge and plans to either replace it with either an “at-grade intersection” with a signal on Tyler Road or perhaps, a roundabout.

Road Commission engineers say that bridge maintenance would be more expensive creating another type of intersection.

Should the General Motors factory - which closed in 2009, employed about 9,000 workers, and is located near the bridge - reopen, other improvements could be made, officials said.

Number 4 on the list is the rehabilitation of the Zeeb Road bridge over the Huron River in Scio Township at an estimated price of $1 million.

The resurfacing of the bridge decks on the Dixboro Bridge in Ann Arbor Township, the Mast Road Bridge in Webster Township and the North Territorial Road bridges in Dexter Township combined as the fifth project.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for, who also covers the Washtenaw County Road Commission. She can be reached at


Ann English

Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 11:20 p.m.

I had no idea that the Zeeb Road bridge over the Huron River needed any "rehabilitation" last week when I used it to get to the polls. North Territorial bridges in Dexter Township? I think that the North Territorial bridge over the Huron River is in Webster Township, so it's holding up well with the increased traffic on it since the Bell Road Bridge, which ran from Huron River Drive (turning into Strawberry Lake Road) to Dexter-Pinckney Road was closed in the early 1990s and even set aside to the south later on.


Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 1:46 p.m.

The Grove Rd bridge over 94 need to be fixed.