Frustration ensues as Independence Bridge is still not open - WNEM TV 5

Frustration ensues as Independence Bridge is still not open

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

It was supposed to be finished weeks ago but it still isn’t done.

Now many residents are wondering what’s taking so long.

Work on the Independence Bridge in Bay City was slated to be done on March 31.

City officials pushed it back to this weekend, but now the bridge remains closed.

“I was disappointed that it wasn’t done,” said City Manager Dana Muscott.

Spring isn’t the only thing running late in Bay City. The re-opening of the Independence Bridge is behind schedule.

Muscott said work on the structure was supposed to be complete last month.

But both sides of the drawbridge don’t weigh the same. That means it’s not ready to handle traffic.

“It’s a very important part of the bridge to make sure it’s safe for people to go over because of the weight of the grates when people travel over them,” Muscott said.

As you can imagine motorists we talked to are frustrated that the Independence Bridge isn’t open yet.

Muscott said another weight test will be preformed Saturday. If everything checks out, the bridge will open Saturday.

If not, work will continue until the weighs on both parts of the structure are equal.

Muscott is quick to point out the Independence Bridge must open by April 30. She said the Coast Guard wants to make sure the shipping lanes are available by then.

Of course Muscott is hoping drivers don’t have to wait that long.

“We want to people to bear with us,” Muscott said. “I want them to know that it is an issue that they have to go around to the other bridges. But we just want them to know that we’re making sure they’re safe.”

Meanwhile discussions on paying for repairs to the Independence and Liberty Bridges are under way.

According to out media partner WSGW, city commissioners are putting together a special committee.

They said they're looking for ideas from residents on the best way to cover the bridges expenses, which would mean less money for fixing city streets.

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