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Jackson Railroad Bridges Replacement Project

About the project

MDOT is replacing two 100-year-old railroad bridges over Jackson and Mechanic streets in the city of Jackson. These railroad bridges are on a segment of railroad owned by MDOT within the federally designated high-speed rail corridor between Chicago and Detroit/Pontiac, which supports Amtrak passenger service and Norfolk Southern freight trains. The project includes rebuilding the Blackstone Road grade crossing and approaches, replacing approximately 1,300 feet of railroad corridor retaining walls, rebuilding and lifting approximately 4,000 feet of railroad track, and adding a nonmotorized pathway under the Mechanic Street railroad bridge. The two bridges will be replaced using accelerated bridge construction techniques.  

Traffic impacts

  • There will be detours on local streets and periodic lane closures on M-50 (Louis Glick Highway) to accommodate work.
  • Railroad traffic will be halted for one week when the new bridges are installed.

Project details

March 2022 - August 2023

Jackson County

Enhanced significant rail corridor
Improved safety for motorists
Improved safety for pedestrians

$32.9 million

Jackson TSC