Damaged Overpass Could Take Months To Repair 9-20-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Damaged Overpass Could Take Months To Repair 9-20-2010

It could be months before a damaged overpass in Arenac County is back in operation.
Police said last Friday, a southbound dump truck on M-13, south of Standish, rammed the US-23 concrete overpass and brought traffic to a screeching halt.
Authorities said it won't be a quick fix for the Arenac county overpass that feeds traffic from I-75 into Standish. The overpass was destroyed late Friday afternoon when a dump truck's hydraulic arm slammed into the concrete bridge. Southbound US-23 was shut down for 36 hours.
"Those beams will have to be custom built," said Gregg Brunner, with the Michigan Department of Transportation. "Cleanup crews came in on Saturday morning, took out the span and cleared all the debris [by] late Saturday night."
MDOT said it could take months to repair the span, which could affect emergency personnel operating in the area.
"I was concerned about all of the debris, but that's out of the way now," said Arenac County Sheriff Jim Mosciski. "But that's our main connector to the expressway; we should be alright."
Standish-area business leaders know the span won't be in operation for the Nov. 15 start of firearm deer season. They are hoping customers will understand.
"It might take a few extra moments to get to downtown Standish, and we hope that won't be a big deal for shoppers," said Ruth Caldwell, with the Standish Chamber of Commerce.
MDOT said it will monitor the traffic flow and make any signage changes if they become necessary.
MDOT also said it's busy right now, so designing and planning the reconstruction of the overpass should be completed by Jan. 1, 2011.
Officials with MDOT said it's still too early to tell what exactly the reconstruction will cost.

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