February 11, 2016

Sterling Road closed at I-75 for repairs

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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STERLING — Motorists who rely on Sterling Road at its intersection with I-75 are facing a detour while the overpass gets rehabilitation work through August.

According to Jack Hofweber, office manager with the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) transportation service center in Bay City, the bridge work is part of a $1.35 million project to repair roads within Arenac County. Additional projects include repairing the connector from southbound I-75 to eastbound US-23 and the eastbound US-23 connector over M-13.

Hofweber said work on Sterling Road, which started about July 19, is scheduled for completion by Aug. 31. He said work may end up taking longer than that, but that is the target date for MDOT.

“We’re doing deck repairs and replacing the railing,” Hofweber said. “It’s not a complete replacement of the bridge, but rehabilitation work.” He added MDOT is working on a variety of bridge maintenance projects throughout the state.

Deck repairs involve fixing the road portion of the bridge.

While the bridge is closed, Hofweber said a detour route has been posted. Coming from the west, he said vehicles would have to take Nine Mile Road south to M-61, before taking that east. Vehicles could then turn northbound on Lincoln Road and take that to Sterling Road.


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