E. Closure of High Street for bridge replacement; City Building Updates

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East High Street Bridge over the Grand River. JTV pictures.

(May 6, 2022 5:05 p.m.) Replacement of a deteriorated bridge will close a busy street in Jackson for five months. E. High Street between Executive Drive and South Street will be closed to traffic on Monday, May 9 for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to replace the E. High crossing over the Grand River.

MDOT’s $2 million project will replace the bridge girders, repave and widen the concrete driving surface, and upgrade the guardrails on either side. Built in 1963, the E. High Street Bridge is an important link between a large industrial park on the southeast side of Jackson and US 127. The City of Jackson’s Engineering Division says the aging bridge cannot keep up with the increase in heavy truck traffic and now requires complete replacement.

This construction project is expected to be completed in October 2022. A detour will take drivers to Losey Avenue and South Street. Three more MDOT bridge replacements are currently underway in the City of Jackson. An aging bridge over the Grand River at E. Washington Avenue is being replaced, along with two railroad bridges in downtown Jackson at N. Mechanic and N. Jackson streets. Project E. Washington is expected to wrap up later this month, with the rail bridges due for completion in November 2022.

Weekly West Avenue construction update:

During the past week, when the crew was not away completing their annual safety training, work focused on installing a new water main between Washington and Franklin. Currently they are installing pipes at the Franklin Street intersection.

Over the coming week, the focus will be on continuing the installation of the water main. By the end of next week, they should complete this task by getting to Carlton.

Over the next week, after the pipe installation is complete, the new water pipe will undergo a week of testing to ensure it is free of leaks and harmful bacteria before to be connected to the city-wide distribution system or before the houses inside the works. zone are connected to it.

Wisner Street Traffic Light Construction Weekly Update:

Over the past week, the contractor has been working on preparing the new sign posts and mast arms for installation. On Tuesday, the contractor will begin installing them in the field. Installation of all poles, mast arms, signal heads and associated wiring and controls will take several weeks. While this work is underway, Wisner Street will remain open to traffic with lane closures as needed.

E. High Street Bridge Deck.
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