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Deteriorating beam forces partial closure of Grand Blanc Road Bridge

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

If your drive takes you over the Grand Blanc Road Bridge in Genesee County, be ready for some back-ups.

The Genesee County Road Commission has closed the westbound lanes of the bridge, over the Swartz Creek.

The bridge is a main artery between US-23 and the city of Grand Blanc.

Westbound traffic will be detoured via Fenton, Hill and Torrey Road.

Engineers said they have known for a while the bridge was deteriorating, but when it was inspected this month they were surprised at the significant deterioration of the beams supporting the westbound lane.

"The bridge had a terrible rating this last inspection. And it's such a critical route right now. We decided the beams that are bad, the steel beams that are very deteriorated and they've gotten exponentially worse over the past year," said Alex Patsy, bridge engineer for Genesee County.

Eastbound traffic is not impacted at this point.

Officials are exploring possible fixes and it’s unclear how long the westbound lanes will be shut down.

Patsy said it would cost about $1.5 million to replace the bridge.

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