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MDOT public open house Jan. 11 to discuss M-30 permanent bridge construction over the Tobacco River in Gladwin County

EDENVILLE, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is hosting a public open house to discuss the planned permanent bridge construction on M-30 over the Tobacco River in Gladwin County. This project will involve removing the temporary bridge that opened to traffic in March 2021. Permanent bridge construction is expected to begin in March 2024.

Interested residents
Community leaders
Local businesses
MDOT staff and consultants  

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Swanton Memorial Hall
6460 North Water Road
Sanford, MI 48657

Accommodations can be made for persons who require mobility, visual, hearing, written, or other assistance for participation. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers are available upon request. Please contact Orlando Curry at 517-241-7462 or complete Form 2658 for American Sign Language (ASL) located on the Title VI webpage: Requests should be made at least five days prior to the meeting date. Reasonable efforts will be made to provide the requested accommodation or an effective alternative, but accommodations may not be guaranteed.

Project information:
As a result of flooding and the Edenville dam breach in May 2020, the M-30 causeway bridge near Stryker’s Marina was washed away. To restore mobility quickly, MDOT staff installed a temporary bridge structure that opened to traffic in March 2021. The temporary bridge has been in place while staff determined the long-term needs of a replacement structure and began design work.

MDOT will invest approximately $11 million to remove the temporary bridge and build the new structure. The new M-30 bridge will be designed with standard-width lanes and shoulders and include a separated pedestrian walkway in both directions. The new bridge will also be raised approximately 5 feet, improving the under clearance for future water traffic.

During construction, the bridge will be closed to traffic. Work to improve detour routes is expected to begin this fall, with bridge construction expected to begin in March 2024. This meeting will allow residents and interested parties to review the current bridge and road design plans and review a proposed timeline. Staff will also share plans to maintain traffic throughout work. 

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