MDOT Bridge Project Has Drivers Seeing Red 11-23-2010 - WNEM TV 5

MDOT Bridge Project Has Drivers Seeing Red 11-23-2010

If you're one of the thousands of commuters who use M-13 linking Bay City and Saginaw, you won't like this next story.
The Michigan Department of Transportation will shut down the two-lane highway on Monday to replace the Cheboyganing Creek Bridge, a project that's expected to take months.
Dan Kretchman, owner of the 7-Eleven store in Bay City’s south end, said he knows his business is going to take a big hit with the M-13 shutdown and he said he’s worried about the amount of business he’s going to lose.
Hundreds of Bay City residents who work in Saginaw stop at his place every day on the way to work.
“With the way things are, I’ve cut everything as much as I can right now,” said Kretchman. “As far as manpower, I don't know if I can cut anymore.”
Tina and Shane Wagner just opened their family restaurant nine months ago. They know keeping the doors open to Wagner's Cafe will be tough, so they have a plan to lure in customers.
“Every time someone comes in to eat, they put their name and number on a ticket [and] at the end of 30 days we draw a ticket,” said Tina Wagner. “Shane [will come] out to their house to cook a meal for four -- and he does dishes.”
Regular M-13 commuters say their days will now be a little longer.
“That's how I get to work, I didn't know anything about it,” said one man on the street to TV5’s Jay Brandow.
M-Dot said the construction schedule was designed to have minimal impact on commuters and business owners, but also said it has to be done.
“The bridge was built in 1927; it's structurally deficient,” said M-Dot’s Gregg Brunner.
M-Dot estimates the project will be complete at the end of February.
M-Dot said people who use M-13 should be able to use M-84 as an alternate route without adding too much extra time to their daily drive.
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