Crews back on track for Harrison Street bridge


Bridge work resumes
Photo by James Mitchell
Repair work began last week on the Harrison Street bridge, connecting Lincoln Park and Wyandotte. The bridge was closed to traffic in January 2010 due to structural deterioration, and efforts last year to put the bridge work on higher priority fell short. Lincoln Park Mayor Patricia Diaz Krause said the bridge is expected to open again in June.

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — The good news is that long-awaited repairs to the Harrison Street bridge over the south branch of Ecorse Creek restarted last week. Less welcome to residents and businesses is that the bridge has been closed since January 2010.

Lincoln Park Mayor Patricia Diaz Krause said that the green light was finally given for work to begin on the $1.4 million Michigan Department of Transportation project. When originally approved through the state department’s Local Agency Bridge Program, repairs to the bridge were scheduled for 2013.

The bridge connecting Lincoln Park and Wyandotte was closed due to structural deterioration, and its closure was a challenge for local businesses and residents . The two communities shared the remaining costs of design and construction oversight — MDOT is covering 95 percent of the repair costs — and last year former Lincoln Park City Manager Steve Duchane lobbied for an earlier completion.

MDOT spokesman Rob Morosi said at the time that accelerating the schedule was unlikely.

Among the first spring-start projects for 2012, Diaz Krause said the bridge is scheduled to be open again in June.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)