Eight Mile bridge to open Wednesday

Breana Noble
The Detroit News

The Eight Mile bridge over northbound U.S. 23 near Whitmore Lake will open three weeks early Wednesday morning.

On March 10, a tractor trailer with an oversized load struck and damaged the bridge’s beams, and it had to be torn down, MDOT said in March. Construction crews removed the section above northbound U.S. 23 so that the highway could reopen to traffic.

The Michigan Department of Transportation announced in a news release Monday the bridge would reopen ahead of schedule after crews fmade repairs. .

The repairs, however, are only temporary fixes. Plans are scheduled for a new bridge to be built in 2017 as a part of a roads and bridges program in Washtenaw County. The new bridge will be built north of the current one to allow traffic to continue on the current Eight Mile bridge. Once construction is complete, the old overpass will be removed.

Repairs began on the bridge May 2. The work was originally expected to be completed by the July 4 weekend.

MDOT said it plans to seek money for repairs of the span from the trucking company involved in the accident.

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