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Covered bridge work begins

October 9, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Crews from the St. Joseph County Road Commission this week started work on a $100,000 upgrade of the Langley Covered Bridge.

The task, slated to take two weeks to complete, focuses on replacing the upper portion of the bridge’s two-layer deck.

Chris Minger, director of operations, said the bridge has a two-part floor, and the structure is at a point where its condition requires the removal and replacement of oak planks.

Minger said a few additional odd jobs will be done while the bridge is closed. Some of that work includes replacing cross-piece stabilizers, as well as duties that can be performed only from under the 300-foot-long bridge.

Minger said the Langley Covered Bridge averages between 1,700 and 2,000 vehicles a day. Its detour has traffic heading about a mile east to Angevine Road.

Updated info on bridges

September 13, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The Michigan Department of Transportation announced it has updated information on its website regarding the safety of 4,422 state highway bridges.

State bridge information can be downloaded by route number and/or county, and are current as of Aug. 30.

Only highway bridges greater than 20 feet in length are included; ratings for pedestrian, railroad and locally owned bridges are not included.

National Bridge Inspection Standards require MDOT to inspect bridges every two years.

Of the 4,422 bridges included in the Aug. 30 report, 269 are classified with the engineering term of structurally deficient, meaning they may require rehabilitation or replacement at some time in the future.

The website can be found at: michigan.gov/highwaybridgereport.

Informational open houses

September 10, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The Michigan Department of Transportation Southwest Region is holding informational open houses at each of its three Transportation Service Centers this week.

MDOT’s Nick Schirripa said TSC staff will be present at each location to discuss project selection, transportation funding, construction projects and other issues.

Whether it’s highway and bridge conditions, project types, traffic signals and speed limits, snow removal or clearing crashes and debris, there is more to MDOT’s daily workload than patching potholes, Schirripa said.

Each TSC serves three counties in southwestern Michigan; the Kalamazoo TSC serves Allegan, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties.

The open houses are 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Kalamazoo Region’s center is located at 5372 S. 9th St., Kalamazoo.

Road project in Centreville

August 23, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A road project in the village of Centreville is progressing toward its completion date of Saturday next week.

Nick Schirripa, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Southwest Region, said crews over the past six weeks have been working on East Main Street and creating what will eventually be a three-lane roadway through a majority of the village.

The road currently varies from two lanes to four. Schirripa said the reconfiguration will make a consistent pattern of one lane in both directions and a center-turn lane.

Schirripa said the $500,000 project will eliminate confusion for motorists who aren’t familiar with the route and where two lanes merge into one.

Traffic advisory for motorists

July 24, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The Michigan Department of Transportation has issued a traffic advisory for motorists in Cass County.

The agency said single-lane closures on M-40 between M-60 and U.S. 12 will be under flag control for a repaving project.

MDOT says the undertaking will be completed at the end of September.

Update on bypass

July 11, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation have issued an update on progress of the U.S. 131 Constantine bypass project.

MDOT’s Nick Schirripa said the $18 million undertaking remains within budget and on target for completion in late November.

Work on the 4.9-mile bypass started in February. Schirripa said crews are currently setting bridge beams and building piers for the span that will cross the St. Joseph River.

Meanwhile, crews have completed the topsoil stripping for the new roadway, and are in the process of building roadside ditches and putting down the sand sub-base.

Paving, he said, is expected to begin within two weeks.

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