Detroit bridge destroyed in crash being rebuilt

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Detroit — The Michigan Department of Transportation has started to rebuild the Cathedral Avenue pedestrian bridge over the Southfield Freeway after it was destroyed in a fatal truck crash in September.

According to MDOT, the cost of the $2.9 million project will be underwritten by federal emergency funds.

The bridge crashed across all lanes of M-39 when a waste hauling truck with its boom up struck the structure at about 6 a.m. Sept. 26, 2014, at Cathedral near Joy Road.

The driver, Stanford Michael Doll, 54, of Almont, initially survived the crash but later died at the hospital. No one else was injured in the incident. Investigators for the Michigan State Police said Alford would most likely have survived if he had been wearing his seat belt.

The project will include the removal and replacement of old concrete supports for the bridge. The work will also include disabling of local freeway cameras and freeway message boards in the area.

As for traffic impact, currently the Southfield service drives north of Joy have one lane open in each direction. Starting July 20, the left lanes of NB and SB M-39 will have the left lanes closed for work on the median wall.

The closures will last approximately three weeks for the removal of concrete from the old bridge and the replacement of new supports.

Additionally, the ramps to and from Joy will be closed to traffic.

This project should wrap up in late September.

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