Bridge Removal: Liberty Rd Bridge (Lima Twp)

By January 31, 2023Road Advisories

WHEN: Starting Monday, February 6, 2023

WHERE: The Liberty Rd Bridge over Mill Creek, between Guenther Rd and Dancer Rd in Lima Township

WHY: Structural deterioration

BACKGROUND: Starting Monday, February 6, 2023, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will remove the Liberty Rd Bridge over Mill Creek, due to extensive structural deterioration. The bridge is located between Guenther Rd and Dancer Rd in Lima Township.

The Liberty Rd bridge is under the jurisdiction of WCRC. As a federally listed bridge structure, this local county bridge is regularly inspected. These inspections, performed by licensed professional engineers, revealed extensive structural deterioration, resulting in the closure of the bridge in 2011. Per agreement between WCRC and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), this bridge will be removed due to its condition and duration of the closure. While the bridge is unsafe, WCRC will attempt to leave the existing abutments in place as requested by the community. During the removal process, if the abutments should fail, they will be removed to preserve the integrity of the Mill Creek.

The removal of the existing structure is expected to take approximately one (1) week. However, all dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Nate Murphy, project manager, at (734) 327-6647 or [email protected].

ISSUE DATE: 01/31/23