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RC bridge will get a much needed makeover in 2015

December 6, 2012
Jordan Travis - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ROGERS CITY - A bridge in Rogers City will get fixed with the help of state and federal money.

The Linden Street bridge over the Trout River needs some work, zoning and planning Administrator Toby Kuznicki said. Using the approximately $161,000 grant, the city plans to repair the bridge deck and replace a faulty expansion joint.

Work should begin in 2015, Kuznicki said, although he hopes to work with the Northern Michigan Bridge Council to move that date sooner. In the meantime, the city already has put in a stop-gap solution, along with other repairs to protect the bridge.

"The city has done due diligence and preventive maintenance on the bridge," he said. "We took the joint out and put a temporary fix in."

Michigan Department of Transportation's Local Bridge Program takes applications for projects ranging from complete replacement to preventive maintenance, Kuznicki said. This is the first preventive maintenance project the regional council has approved.

"We're kind of a test project," he said.

City council members approved an engineering plan by R.S. Scott Associates of Alpena at their meeting Tuesday, Kuznicki said. Now, the city needs to obtain environmental, historic and other reviews to make sure there's nothing on-site to prevent the project from happening.

The Linden Street bridge is one of two over Trout River within the city, the nearest detour being on US-23, Kuznicki said.

Michigan's Department of Transportation will administer the grant, as well as handling the bidding for construction work, Kuznicki said. Rogers City will put up about $40,000 to $50,000 for engineering costs and the city's 5 percent match for the grant.

Fixing the bridge is part of the city's asset management program, Kuznicki said. By periodically checking the city roads' structural conditions, the city can pick the stretches that need the most attention. The roads are rated on a scale of one to ten, with one being the worst. From there, the city can pick from a "mix of fixes," a list of repair options that correspond to the road's rating.

"We're trying to do the right fix at the right time on the right project to try to best use our street dollars," he said.

In August, city employees got help from the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments to assess road conditions, Kuznicki said. He gave city council members a report of their findings, which showed that more than 12 miles of the nearly 24 miles rated at three or four. This means they need rehabilitation work, the highest percentage of miles to fall within this rating since 2008.

These ratings do not include US-23, M-60 and Erie Street to Third Street, and Third Street itself, which are eligible for federal aid, according to the report.

Jordan Travis can be reached via email at or by phone at 358-5688.



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