Tridge renovations underway in Midland

MIDLAND (WJRT) - (04/24/17) - A well-loved and well-travelled Mid-Michigan landmark will be closed for most of the summer so it can get some much needed TLC.

The Tridge first opened in 1981. Thirty-six years later, it could use a little work.

"The Tridge is really a community icon, I mean, it shows our community pride," said Karen Murphy, Midland's director of public services.

The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation chipped in $2.5 million to make the Tridge renovations possible.

Every inch will be worked on.

"We are bringing a company in to blast all the stain off and put a new, oil-based stain that will preserve the wood. We are putting all new wooden decking on, we are replacing some railings that have rotted over time," Murphy said.

With the Tittabawassee and Chippewa rivers below, crews have to be extra careful.

"We have to make sure that we contain every piece of stain that we take off the Tridge. So there will be a tenting structure around the Tridge," Murphy said.

Work will be done in 40 foot sections with help from below.

"Much of the work is being done from a river barge, which we already have in place. So that will be kind of exciting also, to see the scaffolding go up," Murphy said.

Work is estimated to take between 22 and 25 weeks, putting the reopening date in early October. Although, around the Fourth of July, part of the Tridge will be open to accommodate the crowd.

For the rest of the summer, you can still get to the parks, just from a different entrance.

"One summer of inconvenience for many, many more years of preserving this community icon," Murphy said.

Midland will be posting construction updates online. Just click on the link in the 'Related Links' section of this story to learn more. You'll also find detour information on that link.

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