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.
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 “deficient.”
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.