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Jackson and Mechanic Streets railroad bridge replacements project in Jackson - Update #1

LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) closed Jackson, Mechanic, Van Buren, and Detroit streets in Jackson to allow crews to safely replace century-old railroad bridges over Jackson and Mechanic streets. The project also includes replacing the railroad grade crossing at Blackstone Street at a later date.

The contractor has begun work on the project with installation of underground utilities, including sanitary, water main, and storm sewer at Jackson Street. The bridge crews has started installing micropiles for the Jackson Street bridge abutments. Retaining wall building has begun with steel sheet piling and ground anchor installation at the northwest quadrant of the Jackson Street bridge and the northwest and northeast quadrants of the Mechanic Street bridge.  

Work will continue with underground work and micropiles at Mechanic Street, the building of concrete abutments at Jackson Street, and more sheet pile installation for retaining walls.   

Traffic restrictions:
Local streets will be closed to traffic. Motorists should follow the posted detours. 

Safety benefit: 
Replacing these bridges will ensure smooth and safe railroad operations, maintaining this vital part of the state's economy. Closing streets during this type of work is necessary to provide the safest work area possible for work crews and motorists. 

For more information about the project, visit the Jackson railroad bridges project webpage.

Jackson Railroad Bridges Project Flyer Update