Lanes, sidewalk closed after bricks fall from building - WNEM TV 5

Lanes, sidewalk closed after bricks fall from building

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E. Genesee St., Saginaw (Source: WNEM) E. Genesee St., Saginaw (Source: WNEM)
E. Genesee St., Saginaw (Source: WNEM) E. Genesee St., Saginaw (Source: WNEM)
E. Genesee St., Saginaw (Source: WNEM) E. Genesee St., Saginaw (Source: WNEM)
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Bricks falling from a building have forced crews to close a sidewalk and shut down two lanes of traffic in downtown Saginaw.

The bricks fell from the façade of a vacant building at the southwest corner of Genesee and Franklin on Wednesday afternoon.

Saginaw's Chief Inspector John Stemple, said that construction crews were being called in to examine the building.

"We do have crews on the way to drop one lane of East Genesee to ensure traffic safety as well as close off the sidewalk to protect the public from any further falling bricks we do also have construction crews to evaluate the remainder of the building," Stemple said.

Stemple said it's likely age and Michigan weather that contributed to the decay.

"It looks to be the freeze and that cycle, and masonry sometimes has a bad effect, especially here in Michigan," Stemple said. "We'll see what happens and what the engineers come up with."

The sidewalk in front of the building, and the two eastbound lanes of E. Genesee will be closed to through traffic until further notice. The westbound lanes will remain open.

"Our goal is to obviously get everything back up again so traffic can flow freely in a safe manner," Stemple said.

Stemple said the city has been looking into developing the building, but it's unclear if this will affect those plans.

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