Military Street Bridge to close again for three days

By Tony Wittkowski | Local Government Reporter | The Times Herald

The Military Street Bridge is closing again, beginning Wednesday morning.

It will remain closed through Friday evening.

The Michigan Department of Transportation completed $2.8 million in repairs and upgrades, including electrical and hydraulics, on the bridge over the Black River in Port Huron and on the I-94 bridge over the Pine River in St. Clair. The bridges reopened at the end of March after being closed for a few months.

During the final inspection of the Military Street Bridge, it was discovered that a hydraulic hose needed to be replaced but could not be done at that time. This repair requires the bridge to be closed for approximately three days.

During the closure, an upgraded covering will be added to the mechanical rooms to improve the service life of the bridge.

Motorists will be detoured around the bridge over the Black River along the same route used during the earlier closure: Water Street to Erie Street, then McMorran Boulevard.

Jody Parmann, co-owner of the Raven Café about a block south of the bridge, said she is happy to see the extra work completed now instead of when the surge of boaters invade downtown Port Huron.

“I was worried the first time they (closed the bridge) because it was just after my husband and I bought this place,” she said. “It didn’t seem to affect business all that much though. But with the tourist season upon us, I don’t want to hear it will be closed for any part of the summer.

“I’m not happy about it but it could be worse.”

Christina Ward, owner and operator of Spa 223 and Boutique, which sits about a block north of the Black River, said the bridge closure will not have a large impact on her business.

As a local boater, Ward said she understands what needs to be done.

“It’s three days. Let’s fix it now before the major part of the boating season begins,” she said. “People make appointments and will find a way to get here. I sympathize for all the restaurants. At the end of the day it needs to get done.”

Contact Tony Wittkowski at (810) 989-6270 or twittkowsk@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on April 28, 2015)

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