Hazel Street bridge set for replacement

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – Pending final approval by the Regional Transition Advisory Board, city officials confirmed last week a nearly $1 million project to replace the Hazel Street bridge that runs over Kilfoil Drain in the city’s south end.

About 80 percent of the project will be funded by federal and state agencies that had been committed in 2012, Coppler said.

“It’s almost a million-dollar project that we’re paying about $160,000,” Coppler said. “The city received the funding back in 2012 to replace or remove the bridge.”

Final approval of the project was given during the city council’s July 5 meeting, and Coppler said bids went out last week. The project is expected to cost $819,000, of which federal funding and the Michigan Department of Transportation will pay $778,000. The city’s initial contribution of $41,000 will be joined by management, coordination and maintenance costs expected to be $120,000.

A specific timetable and interruptions of local traffic await final contract confirmations. Coppler said the work is expected to be done this year, with a late-summer or early fall start.

Final approval of the project and contract is expected at this week’s meeting between city officials and the Regional Transition Advisory Board, the state-appointed panel that oversees city finances.

(James Mitchell can be reached at james.a.mitchell37@gmail.com.)