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Construction begins on Coolidge Bridge over I-696 in Oak Park

Oak Park bridge rendering
Posted at 1:37 PM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 13:37:43-05

OAK PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) — Construction started Monday to improve the Coolidge Highway overpass bridge over I-696 in Oak Park.

According to the city, the nearly $700,000 project will turn the bridge into "a welcoming monument to all those who pass under it."

When finished, the bridge will have a metal design on both sides that features the leaf from the city's seal, as well as decorative lighting and a black mesh fencing where worn-down cyclone fencing once was.

"Given that the cyclone fencing needed to be replaced anyway, this was an excellent opportunity for the City to further rebrand itself using a relatively small amount of funds," said Oak Park City Manager Erik Tungate.

"Oak Park is taking every opportunity to promote a sense of place here," said City Manager Tungate, "With so many motorists traversing this interstate highway every day, we pounced on the opportunity to turn this otherwise drab area into a point of distinction for our community."

During the project, drivers should see minor and intermittent lane closures on I-696, with the potential of curb closures on the overpass bridge as well.