Miller Road, Miller-Rotunda Bridge to be replaced under Michigan’s new budget – Press and Guide

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has struggled to fund his bridge consolidation program for much of the past year, with the passage of the new state budget 2021/22 the Senate allocated around $ 70 million for repairs to the Miller-Rotunda Bridge, and Miller Route.

According to Jeff Cranson of the Michigan Department of Transportation, 60 or 70 other local bridges are in serious / critical condition that will also be addressed. They will be prioritized according to traffic volumes and economic impact. MDOT offers its expertise in procurement and bridge building to help local agencies restore some of these bridges.

“We hope the Legislature sees the value of this program,” Cranson said earlier this year. “This will not solve all the problems as there are some 400 local bridges in serious / critical condition. But it’s a good start. “

Engineers point some of the structural problems of the Miller-Rotunda Bridge to Governor Gretchen Whitmer. (Photo courtesy of Sara J. Martin / State of Michigan)

State Representative Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) supported the money coming to help repair local roads.

“It is with great joy that we celebrate obtaining state funding to repair the Miller-Rotunda Bridge and Miller Road,” he said. “Community partners are on the front lines and have been fighting to secure these resources for decades to rebuild this bridge and this road. None of this would have been possible without the tireless efforts of the residents of Dearborn to promote this much-needed project. It is also thanks to Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and Wayne County Commissioner Sam Baydoun for their time, dedication and collaboration in making this plan a reality. The Miller-Rotunda Bridge Project is one of many needed transformational infrastructure projects that advance Dearborn’s residential, economic and public health initiatives. I look forward to the continued progress that will help our community move forward.

The Miller-Rotunda Bridge was a priority for Whitmer, who visited the bridge in March.

“We must continue to invest in critical infrastructure as we rebuild our economy for our families, our small businesses and our communities,” said Whitmer. “I am proud of the work going on here in Wayne County and look forward to visiting other sites and projects. Together we’ll fix the damn roads and bridges.

In total, Whitmer’s plan is over $ 300 million, not all of which has been funded in the next fiscal year. A federal aid grant was also awarded earlier this year.

“We need to rebuild our economy better than ever,” US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement announcing the grant. “These grants support new, innovative and cost-effective approaches to delivering safe, high-quality transportation projects for the American people.”

The Federal Highway Administration announced on May 26 more than $ 5.6 million in grants for the Innovative Fast-Track Deployment Demonstration Program to seven states. The AID demonstration program helps states implement innovative practices. This grant was one of only seven awarded nationally.

The MDOT expects the Bridge Consolidation, which covers multiple bridge construction projects under one contract, to streamline coordination and authorization, increase economies of scale and improve conditions for bridges on local roads. around the state.

The program bundles or “bundles” multiple bridges into a single contract using criteria such as proximity, environmental factors, type of work, required external coordination or complexity. MDOT is working to extend the approach, already used on state trunk line projects, to deal with locally owned bridges.

“This grant from AID to advance our local agency bridge consolidation project represents national validation of our approach,” said Matt Chynoweth, chief bridge engineer at MDOT. “MDOT is concerned with the safety and suitability of not only mainline bridges, but all of those structures in public use in Michigan.

By combining multiple contracts into one, the bridge bundle allows one contractor, or a group of contractors, to work on all of the bridges, Chynoweth said. This can allow taxpayers to save money by sharing equipment and mobilization costs.

“We must continue to invest in critical infrastructure as we rebuild our economy for our families, our small businesses and our communities,” said Whitmer. “I am proud of the work going on here in Wayne County and look forward to visiting other sites and projects. Together we’ll fix the damn roads and bridges.

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