Franklin Street Bridge closed until April
MICHIGAN CITY — Due to structural damage caused by the recent record-breaking cold temperatures across the area, the Franklin Street Bridge will be closed immediately to all traffic – both vehicular and pedestrian. The bridge is expected to reopen to traffic on April 15.
“The emergency nature of this bridge closure is important for our citizens to understand,” said Dr. Vidya Kora, County Board of Commissioners president. “The recent extreme temperatures with arctic wind chills led to buckling and damage, creating a safety hazard for our community. We must address this for public safety and make sure it is done prior to the start of our seasonal traffic.”
The declaration of an emergency repair – by both the board president and the County Council president – will allow for immediate disbursement of funds from the Major Bridge Fund to pay for engineering services and construction of the repair.
The project will be managed by Marquiss Electric with other area firms doing the specialized work required on the project.
Drivers and pedestrians are urged to take other routes to the lakefront, and continue to support local businesses in the area, Kora said.