Bristol Road closes while bridge sees major remodel

BURTON, Mich. (WJRT) - The Bristol Rd bridge in Burton has finally received state funding and will now be redone for the first time since the 1930's

While the road is one of the most traveled in the area, according to city officials, if the repairs aren't made soon, it will result in more than just an inconvenience.

There are sections where repairs were once made, but now an $800,000 project is closing Bristol Rd over the Thread Creek.

"When you close a rd its an inconvenience, but when you close a bridge it can be a matter of life of death," says Robert Slattery with the City of Burton.

After years of asking for state funding, the Bristol Rd bridge just west of Center Rd in Burton is finally seeing the repairs it needs.

"It will rehabilitate the beams under the deck, it will replace the deck and replace the approaches to the bridge so that will smooth that out," says Slattery. "It will also replace the guardrail, the gutters, the drainage. It will essentially be a new top to the bridge when were done with it."

With an average of about 15,000 vehicles per day traveling the area, some say, they're not thrilled to be seeing the closure.

"The main thoroughfare is Bristol rd and my parents live in Davison so every place I travel," says Burton resident, Chad Blunt. "My cousins live in Goodrich, so, It will be a big pain in the butt to go around."

Although most of the project is being funded by the state, the city of Burton says they've been saving funds to prepare for this project.

"Most of the money, in fact 95% of the money is coming from the state of MI, the local bridge fund," says Slattery. "The city of Burton's portion will be $40,000. It's a good thing for the city of Burton."

The detours will use Dort HWY, Center Rd and Hemphill Rd. The project wont be wrapped up until November