$2.3M needed for repairs to Second Ave. Bridge

The Second Avenue Bridge in Alpena is in dire need of a major overhaul.

The bridge, which was constructed in 1932, last underwent a sizeable rehabilitation in 1988 and is showing signs of deterioration.

In addition, the bridge has been used more often over the past three years, causing more maintenance issues.

City council this week, agreed to work with Huron Engineering to prepare and submit an application to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for funding of repairs and improvements that will cost nearly $2.3 million.

The proposed work would include electrical and mechanical upgrades, painting, steel repair and/or replacement, new motors and controls, concrete repairs and sidewalk overlay.

The city would be required to kick in an estimated $345,000 to obtain the remaining $2.18 million needed for the project.  City engineer Rich Sullener says the funding is for 2016.  He believes the city can set aside enough money for the next few years to amass the amount needed for the local match.