Veteran's Memorial Bridge work delayed due to weather

BAY CITY (WJRT) (1/7/2019) - Peak construction season may be over, but a multimillion dollar project was supposed to start Monday in Bay City -- except the weather had other plans.

"We're likely going to start (Tuesday). With the weather, we're going to hold off a day," said Brian Ulman, a construction engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation's Bay City Transportation Service Center.

"With the snow and sleet and ice that we got last night, it's just unsafe for the workers," he said.

The $2.7 million project should start on Tuesday, meaning drivers will see some delays.

"Initially, you will see some lane closures in each direction as they're doing some work out there," Ulman said. "Basically, the schedule for this is January to April and we'll have lane closures as needed."

While the first part of the project will be easy going, come April full closures will go into effect causing detours.

"At some point in time we're going to see some overnight bridge closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.," Ulman said. "That is for work that they have to have the bridge span open when they're working on it."

While no major repairs need to be made to the bridge, it is getting old. According to MDOT it's time to make some upgrades.

"Basically, expansion joints, steel repair, concrete surface coating, along with some electrical and mechanical work," Ulman said the project will entail.

MDOT says if weather gets better and things go as planned the project will be finished in August.

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