MDOT: Next Zilwaukee Bridge project will have safeguards to protect taxpayers and motorists

Source: The Saginaw News, January 14, 2011
Posted on: http://www.mlive.com

The Michigan Department of Transportation will require the next contractor that replaces large bearings on the massive Zilwaukee Bridge to demonstrate it can do the work or the company will lose the contract, a MDOT engineer said.

The agency aims to avoid a repeat of the construction mishap nearly three years ago when a contractor inadvertently cut through reinforced steel during bearing replacement work, causing MDOT to close the northbound lanes months longer than scheduled and to divert thousands of motorists who rely on the Interstate 75 bridge over the Saginaw River. Read more.

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