$70M Zilwaukee Bridge overhaul set to begin

A $70 million construction project designed to extend the life of the Zilwaukee Bridge is set to begin in April 2013.
AP Wire
Dec 9, 2012


The project on the roughly 8,000-foot I-75 bridge over the Saginaw River in Saginaw County will include additional roadwork on the freeway. The work includes replacing more than 150 massive bearings on the bridge, which was built in the 1980s.

Traffic shifts are planned during the project, which is expected to continue into 2014 and end in 2015.

Officials with the Michigan Department of Transportation held a meeting this week in Zilwaukee Township to explain the project.




This bridge has been nothing but trouble, and a money drain over the years. I grew up a bit south of this, and I remember when one of the spans lifted 6' on one side and dropped 4' on the other, nearly collapsing. Then they had some huge fiasco because they built the thing on a toxic waste dump. After that I remember then severely damaging the structure during normal maintenance.

Even today, when you drive over it, there are VERY noticeable dips where each span meets, and the roadway is like a roller coaster as you drive over the bridge. It was an engineering failure, causing the state to dump ridiculous amounts of money into it to keep it from collapsing.


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