Michigan Tapping FHWA Emergency Aid to Replace Destroyed Pedestrian Bridge
DETROIT, MI The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) said it will replace a pedestrian overpass bridge in Detroit, Michigan, that was destroyed last September by an over-height truck strike, with the help of about $2.9 million in emergency funds.
The accident pulled the bridge down onto the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and closed that busy route for hours.
The state agency said the project would be completed this fall. Crews will remove concrete from the old bridge and add new supports, and underground work will involve disabling roadway cameras and electronic message signs.
The replacement bridge will also include aesthetic improvements, MDOT said, including decorative crosswalks and other community-developed enhancements, American with Disabilities Act improvements, and pedestrian lights to make the bridge more useful than the previous one.