FLINT TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (12/3/2018) - The Mill Road bridge will not reopen to traffic this year as expected.
A month-long lockout involving the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association, which represents contractors, and the Operating Engineers 324 union put the project too far behind schedule.
The Genesse County Road Commission announced Monday that crews will shut down the project for winter and prepare it to sit idle for the winter.
Work will resume in the spring with an estimated completion date of June 1.
The road commission said waiting to finish the project rather than pushing ahead through the winter will allow for a higher quality of work.
The Mill Road bridge has been closed since early November 2017 after serious structural deficiencies were detected, including weakened decking and support beams inadequate to carry vehicular traffic.
The Genesee County Road Commission obtained $2 million to replace the span between Beecher and Flushing roads in Flint Township. Possible detour routes include Linden Road to the west and Ballenger Highway to the east.