Wayne County begins construction on Evergreen Road bridge April 27; UM-Dearborn to be affected

Alternate routes from UM-Dearborn to Michigan Avenue are displayed in blue. (Photo courtesy UM-Dearborn)
Alternate routes from UM-Dearborn to Michigan Avenue are displayed in blue. (Photo courtesy UM-Dearborn)

By ERICK LEHMAN, Staff Reporter

The Wayne County Road Commission is set to begin construction on the Evergreen Road bridge near Michigan Avenue on April 27, according to a release from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The southbound lanes of Evergreen will be closed from north of Fairlane Drive to Michigan Avenue. Detour signs will be placed on Evergreen road this week.

Students who need to take Michigan Avenue when leaving campus can take Hubbard Drive eastbound to Southfield Freeway south or Mercury Drive South.

There will be no access to exiting campus from Fairlane Drive onto Evergreen starting April 27. Traffic will be directed to where drivers are able to exit.

Construction on Evergreen Road will affect streets on campus. Fairlane Drive south, an entrance to the Henry Ford Estate, will be closed, with Richard Drive serving as an alternate route. (Photo courtesy UM-Dearborn)
Construction on Evergreen Road will affect streets on campus. Fairlane Drive south, an entrance to the Henry Ford Estate, will be closed, with Richard Drive serving as an alternate route. (Photo courtesy UM-Dearborn)

The reconstruction of the bridge is expected to take 2-3 weeks, depending on if weather cooperates.

Once construction is finished on the southbound side of the bridge, Wayne County will reopen the lanes, and there will be a closure of the northbound lanes to reconstruct the northbound side of the bridge.

The project is expected to take 4-6 weeks.

The Evergreen bridge over the Rouge River has been under scrutiny from students lately as the potholes and road conditions have been worsening. Michigan is beginning to crack down on bridges in the state that are considered ‚Äúdeficient.”

Although the construction will be a nuisance for students traveling to campus over the summer, it should offer a smooth drive to campus come fall.