Devils River Bridge on Ossineke Road to be Replaced
Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:37:24 EST
Persistence does pay off, and that's good news for Ossineke area residents.

After more than 15 years of repeated grant requests being denied, Alpena County Road Commission officials have learned that funding to replace the Devils River Bridge on Ossineke Road has been approved. The bridge currently has weight restrictions imposed, is considered functionally obsolete, and is the oldest, and probably the one in the worst shape on the Alpena County Road system.

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials say a Local Bridge Advisory Board approved a recommendation by the Region Bridge Council to include the structure in the Local Bridge Program. Bridges selected from 2017 applications are scheduled for funding during the 2020 fiscal year. Unless prior arrangements have been made, the project cannot be bid out beforehand.

The grant application estimate was for over 8-hundred 67 thousand dollars ($867,000.00) which will be 95 percent funded by federal and state sources. Preliminary and construction engineering, and right of way acquisition are not eligible for federal or state aid under the Local Bridge Program.

The Ossineke bridge is the second bridge replacement funding request to be approved in as many years. A bridge built in 1928 on Werth Road over Mud Creek was approved for replacement funding last year. Nine hundred fifty-seven thousand dollars ($957,000.00) will be released for that in 2019, while a study and design phase is underway.

Efforts continue to secure funding for the Bagley Street Bridge in Alpena, as officials have tried to couple several grants together. An estimated 6-point 3 million dollar upgrade would include widening the span and pedestrian walkways.

The Devils River Bridge on Ossineke Road.


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