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Emergency Repairs Will Close Wright Twp. Bridge For Months

December 28, 2018

A bridge along South Main Road (state Route 2045) in Wright Twp. was closed Thursday and will remain closed for nine months due to emergency repairs.

The project will include replacing a pipe that has deteriorated underneath the road and has left the bridge unsafe, said James May, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

The deteriorated pipe was found Wednesday during an inspection, May said.

“You can actually see the surface of the road begin to collapse where the pipe is,” he said. “It is 100 percent deteriorated. The ground is beginning to cave in. There is a hole you can see through.”

May said closing the bridge in the winter is inconvenient, but necessary.

“In the winter, with the snow and ice, the deterioration will occur much more rapidly,” May said. “The unfortunate aspect of closing a bridge in the winter is that the repair work can’t start.”

But he said the bridge already was scheduled for repairs in the spring. The bridge is expected to reopen in the fall of 2019.

The approximately 4,000 vehicles a day that use the bridge will be detoured during the closure, May said.

The detour will be Nuangola Road (state Route 2042) to Church Road (state Route 2047) and back to South Main Road.

“When the state makes detours, we use only state roads,” May said. “There are some exceptions, when we will reach an agility agreement with a municipality to use a local road. But most of the time, we use just state roads. Locals (residents) usually know the easiest shortcut, anyway.”

— JIM DINO

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