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Grosse Ile Parkway Bridge is now open

The Grosse Ile Parkway Bridge over Trenton Channel is now open to vehicular traffic. The bridge was temporarily closed on Wednesday, November 13 after the results of the last inspection noted deck deterioration and a reduced load rating.

The County's bridge consultant identified deficiencies that resulted in the reduced load rating and provided specific designs for all repairs and parts needed to address the deficiencies. The County Bridge Maintenance Unit began work on November 14 and performed all work in accordance with the consultant's designs, restoring the bridge to a safe 26 ton load rating.

"Our crews worked round the clock to ensure this bridge is safe and ready for motorists to use," said Beverly Watts, Director of the Department of Public Services. "We would like to thank the Gross Ile residents for their patience during this temporary closure. Also, we would like to thank Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans, Commissioner Joseph Palamara and the Township officials for their support and guidance as we took the necessary steps to get the bridge re-open."

Due to the bridge's condition, Wayne County performs annual inspections with regular maintenance monitoring (federal/state regulations require the bridge to be inspected every two years).

The Grosse Ile Parkway Bridge will undergo extensive rehabilitation work during the 2020 construction season. Construction will be completed in phases:

· Phase I (foundation improvements): The work that was originally planned as phase 1 will include foundation rehabilitation, which entails reinforcing the existing foundation, most of which is underwater. This work will require highly specialized expertise and equipment. The design is expected to be completed in summer 2020.

· Phase II (superstructure improvements): The work will entail removing and replacing deteriorated structural members. The design for Phase II has been completed and rehabilitation work is being bid out. Work is expected to take place throughout the entire 2020 construction season.

The County met with Township officials and Commissioner Palamara for a scheduled monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 20 to discuss the bridge opening, 2020 construction plans and community engagement.

The planned rehabilitation work will require an extended closure of the bridge. Wayne County will continue to regularly communicate with Township officials throughout the repair process.

Wayne County is committed to the safety of our residents and motorists.

The public can contact the Wayne County Roads division at 888.ROAD CREW or log onto waynecounty.com for updated news and information.