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Gov. Whitmer Announces Herbison Road Bridge Fully Repaired and Reopened to Traffic in Clinton County Under Rebuilding MI Bridges Program

Michigan Business Network
June 2, 2022 7:00 AM

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In 2022, Gov. Whitmer is making the largest investment in state roads and bridges in Michigan’s history  

LANSING, Mich. – Wednesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the reopening of the Herbison Road bridge over the Looking Glass River to traffic. This is the fourth, and largest, bridge repaired this year under the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Rebuilding MI Bridges program.  

"The reopening of the Herbison Road bridge is something for all drivers to celebrate. Thanks to our hard work, we are moving dirt to fix roads and bridges across Michigan to keep drivers safe and save them time and money," said Governor Whitmer. “Through the end of 2022, we will fix over 16,000 lane miles of road and more than 1,200 bridges, supporting nearly 89,000 jobs. We’re fixing our infrastructure with the right mix and material, so it stays fixed. Last year, I signed a bipartisan bill that will fix 59 additional bridges across the state, and today I am proud that our bridge repair efforts through the Rebuilding MI Bridges program continue to make progress, this time on the Herbison Road bridge over the Looking Glass River. The projects we’re moving forward with will support more good-paying jobs and deliver on an issue that matters to us all—safe, reliable infrastructure. Let’s get it done."  

The bridge is a key connection in Watertown Township’s local road network. The bridge deck was in poor condition and in need of significant repair or replacement.    

“The MDOT team did a great job from start to finish,” said Mark Trotter, director of engineering for the Clinton County Road Commission. “They took on full administration of the project, allowing road commission staff to focus on other priorities over the course of the design and construction process.”   

Other Projects in the Area 

  • Repairs on the Mason Road bridge over the south branch of the Shiawassee River in Livingston County began May 31.  
  • Rebuilding of the Tallman Road bridge over the Maple River in Clinton County is set to begin today.   

About Rebuilding MI Bridges Program  

Major repairs on several other local agency bridges continue this month as the pilot project moves forward. Six bridge bundling projects started in March and April. Four are now largely complete. All bridges encompassed by the program will be completed and reopened to traffic within 60 or 90 days from the start of repairs.   

The Rebuilding MI Bridges pilot program, the first of its kind in Michigan, will repair 19 bridges owned by local agencies in serious or critical condition. Each bridge will have its superstructure replaced, which includes full removal and replacement of the bridge deck and supporting beams.   

The pilot project is funded by Federal Highway Improvement Program (HIP) dollars. MDOT bridge staff and consultants are doing preliminary design and construction administration work for the bridge bundling program.   

MDOT expects bridge bundling, which covers several bridge locations under one contract, to streamline coordination and permitting, increase economies of scale, and improve bridge conditions on local routes around the state. MDOT is working to expand the approach, already in use on state trunkline projects, to address locally owned bridges.   

The program’s online dashboard at Michigan.gov/BridgeBundling provides project updates and shows percent completion, detour routes, and other information for each of these projects.   

The remaining 12 bridges to be rebuilt this year under the pilot project are:



Scheduled Start Date 

Contracted Length of Project 

Tallman Road 

Clinton County 

June 1 

90 days 

Five Point Highway 

Eaton County 

June 15 

60 days 

Squawfield Road 

Hillsdale County 

June 15 

60 days 

Dennis Road 

Ingham County 

July 5 

60 days 

Linn Road 

Ingham County 

June 20 

60 days 

Sand Creek Highway 

Lenawee County 

Aug. 1 

90 days 

Iosco Road 

Livingston County 

Aug. 15 

60 days 

Dollarville Road 

Luce County 

Aug. 1 

60 days 

26 Mile Road 

Macomb County 

July 25 

90 days 

Maple Island Road 

Muskegon County 

June 15 

60 days 

Palms Road 

St. Clair County: 

June 8 

90 days 

Nottawa Road 

St. Joseph County 

August 15, 

90 days 


Rebuilding MI Bridges Program Phase II 

$196 million in federal COVID relief funds appropriated by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature will allow the state to execute Phase II of the bridge bundling program, beginning later this year, to address 59 more bridges.   

A list of the Phase II bridges, which were prioritized based on regional mobility and safety, is available here. Phase II focuses on closed and load-posted bridges. Some will be permanently removed while others will be fully replaced.  

Picture of the bridge under construction

Picture of the repair work in progress

Worker Removing Barricade from West Side of Herbison Bridge

Additional Road Repair Project Updates:  

US-23 closure in Livingston County begins Friday, June 3  

MDOT is investing approximately $27 million to resurface US-23 between Spencer Road and Clyde Road. Northbound US-23 from I-96 to M-59 will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Friday. Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to support 343 jobs.  





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Start date: 

9 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2022 

Completion date: 

6 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2022 

Overall US-23 project completion date: 

Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 

Traffic restrictions: 

Traffic will be detoured via I-96, Spencer Road, Old US-23, and M-59. 

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes. 

Safety benefit: 

These improvements will provide increased safety and mobility in this area of US-23, which is a significant local and national trade corridor. 


Revive I-275 project update: Southbound I-275 closed from I-96/M-14 interchange to I-94 for repairs June 3- June 6   

 Southbound I-275 will be closed from the I-96/M-14 interchange to I-94 from 8 p.m. Friday, June 3, through 5 a.m. Monday, June 6, to make repairs on the deteriorating road surface. Project information and ramp closures can be found at Revive275.org. Based on economic modeling, the Revive275 project and its $270 million investment is expected to support 3,429 jobs   


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