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Grosse Ile free bridge closing Wednesday through December for repairs

Grosse ile Parkway bridge
Posted at 3:14 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 16:01:21-04

(WXYZ) — The Grosse Ile free bridge will be closing on May 6 through December for infrastructure improvements, Wayne County announced on Friday.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the county will still close the bridge for repairs and rehabilitation.

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Drivers heading to the island should plan ahead for travel. The detours are below.

  • Traffic traveling into Grosse Ile Township from the City of Trenton - detour at Grosse lle Parkway and Jefferson Road, proceed northbound to West Jefferson Road toward Bridge Road for access to the Grosse Ile Toll Bridge.
  • Traffic traveling from Grosse Ile Township into the City of Trenton - detour at Meridian Road and proceed northbound for access to the Grosse Ile Toll Bridge.

Leading up to May 6, the county will also make small improvements to the Jefferson Ave. bridge over Monguagon Creek, located southwest of the Toll Bridge. That project will start April 30 and end May 8.

Related: Exclusive new photos reveal problem spots on shut-down Grosse Ile bridge

“We understand that we’re in the midst of unprecedented times, however, safety and integrity remain as top priorities of our administration” says Beverly J. Watts, Director of the Department Public Services. “We have a responsibility to the citizens of Grosse Ile to uphold our commitment to improve the Grosse Ile Parkway Bridge and with the help of our consultants, constituents and colleagues, we’re able to do so safely and cohesively” Watts adds.

The bridge is 90 years old and the county performed emergency repairs last November which shut the bridge down.