Lansing receives $ 1.4 million to replace the Aurelius Road Bridge
LANSING, Michigan – Lansing receives US $ 1.4 million from the state for the full replacement of the Aurelius Road bridge over Pawlowski Creek south of Jolly Road.
Over the past few years this bridge has undergone frequent repairs, which is why Andy Kilpatrick, director of public services at Lansing, said replacing it is a top priority for the city.
“What the city is doing is we are constantly looking at our bridges and assessing what is needed for them, and at some point it is more cost-effective to actually replace the structure than to keep repairing it,” said Kilpatrick.
Lansing’s Mayor Andy Schor said this was a necessary upgrade to the city’s infrastructure.
“There is a section with loss and kinking,” said Schor, “and that’s because of corrosion over the years. So we’ve done a lot of emergency repairs so we can be sure that the bridge is safe and accessible to traffic – it needs to be replaced. And these dollars will make this replacement possible. “
The state money will cover the entire construction costs of the project, which will begin during the low water season – either summer 2022 or 2023.
Kilpatrick says this bridge is an important link to Aurelius Road.
“If it fell or was restricted … since we have a lot of trucks in this area, they’d make a long detour,” Kilpatrick said. “So if it’s really down they’d actually have to go to Pennsylvania or on to Cedar or MLK or 127.”
While the bridge is being renewed, the area will be closed and detours will be necessary, but the construction time will only take a few months.
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