State Officials, MDOT Tour Zilwaukee Bridge 1-14-2011 - WNEM TV 5

State Officials, MDOT Tour Zilwaukee Bridge 1-14-2011

State legislators and the Michigan Department of Transportation met Friday to discuss new procedures to prevent another Zilwaukee Bridge construction snafu from happening.
The northbound lanes on the 8,000-foot-long bridge were closed for most of 2008 after a contractor inadvertently cut through reinforced steel during construction.
The project, originally budgeted at $3.3 million, ended up costing $3.8 million and caused headaches for thousands of motorists.
A private MDOT investigation recently revealed the cutting incident was no one’s fault, and MDOT had to fix the problem on the taxpayer’s dime.
It also showed outdated blueprints were blamed for crews drilling into supports.
Now a local senator is trying to keep that from happening again.
About 60,000 drivers use the Z-Bridge on average weekday, 100,000 on the weekend.
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