Bridge Rd Bridge

Location of roadwork:
Bridge Rd Bridge at the Ford Lake Dam

Township:
Ypsilanti

When is the work being done:
Sidewalks: late May, Bridge preservation: June 28 - July 16, Epoxy overlay: August 18 - 20

Description of work:
Bridge Preservation

Impact on Traffic:
Shoulder closure, road closure during bridge preservation

Funding Source(s):
State Local Bridge Grant Program

Latest Updates

August 17, 2021 Lane Restrictions: Bridge Rd Bridge (Ypsilanti Twp)

WHEN: Starting on Wednesday, August 18, 2021

WHERE: Bridge Rd Bridge at the Ford Lake Dam in Ypsilanti Township

WHY: Concrete sealant

BACKGROUND: Starting on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will begin a concrete sealing project on the Bridge Rd Bridge at the Ford Lake Dam in Ypsilanti Township.

The road will not be closed to traffic, but delays are likely due to lane closures. WCRC encourages motorists, emergency services and others to use an alternate route.

The road improvement is expected to take approximately 3 days. However, all dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions.

CONTACT: If you have any questions, please contact Nate Murphy, project manager (734) 327-6647, or via email at murphyn@wcroads.org.

ISSUE DATE: 08/17/21

July 16, 2021 Road Reopened: Bridge Rd (Ypsilanti Twp)

WHEN: Effective Friday, July 16, 2021

WHERE: Bridge Rd Bridge at the Ford Lake Dam in Ypsilanti Township

WHY: Completion of bridge maintenance project

BACKGROUND: On Friday, July 16, 2021, the Washtenaw County Road Commission reopened the Bridge Rd Bridge at the Ford Lake Dam in Ypsilanti Township after completing a bridge maintenance project that will help to extend the life of the structure.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Nate Murphy, project manager and bridge engineer, (734) 327-6647, murphyn@wcroads.org

ISSUE DATE: 07/16/21

July 12, 2021 Bridge Rd: Expand and Repair

We continue to make great progress at the Bridge Rd Bridge Project in Ypsilanti Township despite Washtenaw County’s most recent weather.

Our contractor removed the old expansion joint and finished installing the new expansion joint. They are now waiting for the concrete to finish curing. The concrete repairs on the existing beams were also completed and the new guardrail was installed.

If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Nate Murphy, project manager and bridge engineer, (734) 327-6647, murphyn@wcroads.org.

photo of new expansion joint

Pictured above is the new expansion joint at the Bridge Rd Bridge Preservation Project.

June 29, 2021 Bridge Rd: Bridge Officially Closed

The Bridge Rd Bridge at the Ford Lake Dam in Ypsilanti Township is officially closed to traffic for the bridge preservation project and a detour has been posted.

Earlier this year our contractor worked on sidewalk preservation under shoulder closures, however the remainder of the bridge preservation requires full bridge closure for safety purposes. We will be working on deck repairs and replacing the expansion joint, which allows the bridge to safely expand and contract based on the temperature.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of July. However, all dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions.

If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Nate Murphy, project manager and bridge engineer, (734) 327-6647, murphyn@wcroads.org

photo of bridge closure

Pictured above is the bridge closure on Bridge Rd in Ypsilanti Township which was closed for a bridge preservation project.

June 24, 2021 Bridge Closure: Bridge Rd (Ypsilanti Twp)

WHEN: Starting Monday, June 28, 2021

WHERE: Bridge Rd Bridge at the Ford Lake Dam in Ypsilanti Township

WHY: Preventative bridge maintenance

BACKGROUND: On Monday, June 28, 2021, the Washtenaw County Road Commission will close the Bridge Rd Bridge at the Ford Lake Dam in Ypsilanti Township for a preventative bridge maintenance project.

The bridge will be closed to ALL traffic, including motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

The bridge is expected to reopen by the end of July. However, all dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions.

DETOUR: Click here for the detour map

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Nate Murphy, project manager and bridge engineer, (734) 327-6647, murphyn@wcroads.org

ISSUE DATE: 06/24/21

June 15, 2021 Virtual Public Meeting: Bridge Rd Bridge (Ypsilanti Twp)

PROJECT: Bridge Rd Bridge Preservation

WHEN: Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Online: https://bit.ly/wcrcprojectmeeting

By Touchtone Phone: (929) 205-6099, Meeting ID: 879 2332 8754

WHY: The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will hold a virtual project information meeting regarding the planned bridge preservation project at the Bridge Rd Bridge in Ypsilanti Township.

During construction, the Bridge Rd bridge will be closed to ALL traffic starting in late June. The closure is expected to be in place for 3-4 weeks, weather pending.

The virtual public meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 11 a.m. There will be a brief presentation followed by time for questions from the audience. A recording of the meeting will be posted to the project web page after the meeting.

Click here to learn more about joining the virtual meeting.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Nate Murphy, project manager and bridge engineer, (734) 327-6647, murphyn@wcroads.org.

WCRC will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audiotapes or printed material being presented at the meeting, to individuals with disabilities upon a 5-business day notice. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact Emily Kizer, communications manager, by phone (734) 327-6646 or by email kizere@wcroads.org.

ISSUE DATE: 06/15/2021

May 25, 2021 Bridge Rd Bridge: Opportunity Knocked!

When opportunity knocks, we answer! Our contractor had an opening in his schedule and was able to get started on some of the bridge repair early.

This week at the Bridge Rd Bridge, flaking concrete on the sidewalk was removed by chipping away the damaged material. Reinforcements were added to the structure, and new concrete is being poured this week. We will reopen the sidewalk once the concrete has cured.

Work will resume later in the summer to continue bridge preservation.

Questions? Contact Nate Murphy, project manager and bridge engineer, (734) 327-6647, murphyn@wcroads.org.

photo of the sidewalk on the bridge after chipping and additional reinforcements

The sidewalk repairs on the Bridge Rd Bridge began this week. Pictured above is the sidewalk reinforcements placed.

May 18, 2021 Shoulder Work: Bridge Rd Bridge (Ypsilanti Twp)

WHEN: Starting Thursday, May 20, 2021

WHERE: Bridge Rd Bridge at the Ford Lake Dam in Ypsilanti Township

WHY: Sidewalk repairs

BACKGROUND: On Thursday, May 20, 2021, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will begin sidewalk repairs on the Bridge Rd Bridge at the Ford Lake Dam in Ypsilanti Township.

Traffic on the bridge will be maintained; however, the shoulder will be closed for approximately three weeks. However, all dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions.

WCRC plans additional maintenance work at the bridge starting in mid-August. The bridge will be closed for approximately two months during this time. WCRC will hold a virtual public meeting prior to this closure.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Nate Murphy, project manager, (734) 327-6647, or via email at murphyn@wcroads.org

ISSUE DATE: 05/18/21

Contact information:
Nate Murphy
    • 734-327-6647
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