MDOT bridge inspections force lane closures

GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - If you travel along I-69-- expect lots of slow downs this week as MDOT bridge inspection continues with new closures everyday.

With over 12 hundred bridges in the Michigan Bay Region-- repairs have the chance of cost millions of dollars-- but with annual inspections. MDOT says they're able to make repairs before the problems go too far.

"Every two years our entire bridge inventory will be inspected," said bridge engineer, Paul Schiefer.

These inspections call for hands on checks to make sure the bridges are safe for travel.

"We'll actually be tapping on the concrete, checking out the steel and checking for section loss," said Schiefer.

Because these types of inspections require crews to be on the highway-- MDOT says drivers will have a week full of closures to keep everyone on the roadway safe.

"Motorists should expect single and double lane closures and ramp closures," said Schiefer.

MDOT says while they know it isn't ideal-- they have structured the closures from 8 am to 2 pm hoping to impact the lowest amount of people possible.

"8-2 is outside of peak commute hours so its safer for drivers and the inspectors," said Scheifer.

A new portion of I-69 will experience the closures each day during the week.

The full list from MDOT explains the travel impacts.

April 29:
• Eastbound I-69 between Elms Road and Bristol Road: Expect a double-lane closure. The Bristol Road ramp to eastbound I-69 will be closed.
• Elms Road: Expect single-lane closures to accommodate access to the underside of I-69.
April 30:
• Westbound I-69 from I-75 to Bristol Road: Expect a double-lane closure. The Bristol Road on ramp will be closed and detoured.
• Eastbound I-69 from M-13 to Nichols Road: Expect a single-lane closure.
May 1:
• Eastbound I-69 overpass at Bristol Road: Expect a double-lane closure for inspection of the overpass.
• Eastbound I-69: Expect a single-lane closure from M-13 to Nichols Road.
May 2:
• Eastbound I-69 overpass at Bristol Road: Expect a double-lane closure for inspection of the overpass.
• Westbound I-69: Expect a single-lane closure from M-13 to Nichols Road.
May 3:
• Westbound I-69 overpass at Bristol Road: Expect a double-lane closure for inspection of the overpass. The Bristol Road on ramp will be closed and detoured.
• Westbound I-69: Expect a single-lane closure from M-13 to Nichols Road.