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Another MDOT bridge bundling project reopens to traffic, ahead of schedule

Fast facts:

  • The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) bridge bundling pilot project moved forward as the Dennis Road bridge over Doan Creek in Ingham County reopened to traffic Friday.
  • The pilot currently encompasses major improvements on 19 locally owned bridges in 2022.
  • MDOT's online dashboard at allows the public to track progress on the projects.

LANSING, Mich. ­– The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) bridge bundling pilot project continues to move forward, with an Ingham County bridge reopening to traffic Friday, Aug. 26.

The Dennis Road bridge over Doan Creek, south of Williamston, reopened about a week early after major repair work. The bridge, built in 1945, was in serious condition, resulting in reduced load restrictions posted on the bridge before the repairs.

Twelve local agency bridge bundling projects are now largely finished, with work on seven others ongoing. Another structure, the Tallman Road bridge in Clinton County, is close to completion and is expected to be finished this week.

This year's bridge bundling pilot project, the first of its kind in Michigan, is repairing 19 bridges in serious or critical condition that are owned by local agencies. Each bridge will have its superstructure replaced, which includes full removal and replacement of the bridge deck and supporting beams.

All of the bridges encompassed by the bridge bundling program will be completed within 60 or 90 days from the start of repairs.

The pilot project is funded by Federal Highway Improvement Program (HIP) dollars. MDOT bridge staff and consultants are doing preliminary design and construction administration work for the bridge bundling program.

An online dashboard at provides project updates and shows percent completion, detour routes, and other information for each project.

The pilot program is only the first phase of the bridge bundling initiative. $196 million in federal COVID relief funds appropriated by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature will allow the state to execute Phase II of the bridge bundling program, beginning planning and development later this year, to address 59 more bridges.

A list of the Phase II bridges, which were prioritized based on regional mobility and safety, is available here. Phase II focuses on closed and load-posted bridges. Some will be permanently removed while others will be fully replaced.

MDOT expects bridge bundling, which covers several bridge locations under one contract, to streamline coordination and permitting, increase economies of scale, and improve bridge conditions on local routes around the state. MDOT is working to expand the approach, already in use on state trunkline projects, to address locally owned bridges.

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