MDOT and Petoskey to seek funds for Mitchell Street Bridge project

PETOSKEY — The Michigan Department of Transportation and the city of Petoskey are moving forward with a TAP grant application that could help fund a proposed restoration project for the Mitchell Street Bridge.

MDOT representatives presented details of the project to the Petoskey City Council at their meeting Monday.

“What we’re looking at here is submitting a TAP grant application, so an alternative transportation program,” said Brandon Boatman, bridge engineer for MDOT’s Northern Region. “This is a historic bridge built in 1930. Over the past several years we have been here with MDOT maintenance climbing over the loose concrete, removing the loose concrete that is hanging over the trail, the area of ​​the park, with the aim of increasing user safety. below.”

The Mitchell Street Bridge is a frequently traveled section of US 31 near the west entrance to downtown Petoskey. Beneath the bridge flows the Bear River, with sections of the Bear River Valley Recreation Area providing a popular spot for fishing, hiking, and taking photos.

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Anglers try their luck in the Bear River near the Mitchell Street Bridge in Petoskey.

“We used to do Below Deck programming,” City Manager Shane Horn said. “Our parks department has had a number of activities under the bridge just because it’s a really neat historic structure. We stopped all kind of programming under the bridge because of the delaminated concrete. It falls. We therefore no longer do programming under bridges for security reasons. »

MDOT recently conducted a detailed inspection to identify areas requiring repairs to extend the life of the bridge. Boatman said a 2012 TAP grant allowed some restoration work to be done on the bridge, but more is needed.

“These fixes have mostly held up, but there are other areas that haven’t been addressed that we would like to continue to preserve…

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