BAY CITY (WJRT) (12/19/2017) - The Bay City Commission didn't take action Monday on a long-term plan for upgrading the city's two drawbridges, but one will get some repairs anyway.
The Independence Bridge will close for about three months in January for a $1.5 million maintenance project. Most of the project is being paid with a federal grant with a small balance coming from the city.
Meanwhile, city commissioners are weighing long-term options for maintaining both the Independence and Liberty bridges over the Saginaw River.
United Bridge Partners of Denver, Colo., is offering to buy both bridges from Bay City and complete millions of dollars worth of much-needed maintenance. The costs will be paid with tolls charged on vehicles crossing the bridges.
The Bay City Commission was scheduled to vote on the United Bridge offer Monday, but commissioners delayed a decision so they can solicit more public input.