Pothole on Rouge River bridge impacts traffic

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Detroit — In what seems to be becoming a common occurrence, another massive pothole opened up on the Interstate 75/Rouge River Bridge early Monday morning.

The hole, which measured 6 feet by 6 feet, created a crater in the center right lane of northbound I-75 just north of Schaefer.

“We believe it happened about 7 or 8 a.m.,” said Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Diane Cross.

“Wayne County, which whom we have a contract, is making emergency repairs. We have shut down the lane with the hole plus the right two lanes for repairs.

“We hope to have it all reopened to traffic by 3 p.m. Monday.”

The bridge, which The News reported has been deemed structurally deficient, has few available alternative routes. Bridges across the river at Fort and Jefferson streets remain closed.

On Oct. 2, a 15-foot-by-6-foot pothole shut down the right two lanes of northbound I-75 between Springwells and Dearborn streets, causing a massive back up on the bridge, which is traveled by an estimated 115,000 vehicles per day.

According to Cross, MDOT is well aware of the problems on the heavily traveled span and has plans for major repairs starting in the spring of 2017.

“We will be rebuilding the deck and the driving surface,” Cross said. “We won’t be rebuilding the piers and supports which are fine, just the driving surface and the deck that holds up the surface.”

At the same time as it makes repairs to the Rouge Overpass, MDOT will make major repairs to the Goddard and Schaefer bridges over the Rouge River.

Cross said she was unaware of any injuries or vehicular damage caused by Monday’s pothole.


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