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Posted on: August 28, 2019

Two aging railroad bridges in Downtown Jackson to be replaced using federal funds

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Federal funds will be used in the coming years to replace two aging railroad bridges in Downtown Jackson.

It was announced last week that the U.S. Department of Transportation had granted more than $23 million to the Michigan Department of Transportation through its State of Good Repair Program.

MDOT says it will use the federal grant to improve rail, crossties and track surfaces between Battle Creek and Dearborn.

Plans call for replacing 80,000 of railroad ties east of Battle Creek and 15 miles of rail east of Jackson.

Replacing two aging railroad bridges in Downtown Jackson are also included in the plans.

Bridges that support tracks going under N. Mechanic Street and N. Jackson Street are over 100 years old and are in deteriorating conditions.

The new bridges will be up to current safety and clearance standards to help reduce bridge strikes.

Both bridges have been hit by vehicles and trucks numerous times over the years.

The N. Mechanic Street bridge has a clearance of just 10 feet.

The Jackson Street bridge has a clearance of 11 feet 9 inches.

The state requires a minimum clearance of 14 feet six inches for any new bridge construction in urban areas.

They will also expand space for non-motorized paths under the structures to improve pedestrian access.

MDOT has not announced a timeline for the projects.

The City of Jackson expects the projects to be completed in the coming years.

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