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The new Second Avenue bridge is an engineering marvel that has the distinction of being Michigan’s first network tied-arch bridge. “Network” refers to the numerous cables that are crossed from the top of the arch to the part of the structure supporting traffic. Once completed, the new bridge will connect the neighborhoods located on the north and south sides of Second Avenue, and provide enhanced mobility for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles.

The bridge will feature one car lane in each direction, 9-foot-wide sidewalks, and 8-foot-wide bike lanes. A variety of environmentally friendly aesthetic treatments have been added, including approach landscaping and LED architectural lighting.

The skeleton of the new bridge is being built off-site at the Wayne State University Palmer parking lot. At the same time, construction crews worked on-site building the bridge foundation and abutment walls along the I-94 freeway.
The 1,100-ton bridge skeleton will be rolled across Lot 22 to Second Avenue into its final position over I-94 using self-propelled mobile transports (SPMTs). SPMTs are multi-axle rolling platforms that can move the heaviest loads. They can be operated mechanically or remotely.

The Second Avenue bridge is expected to reopen to traffic this fall.

Fact Sheet

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MDOT will close I-94 between M-10 and I-75 for seven consecutive days to safely move the bridge to its permanent location over the freeway at Second Avenue. The move is proposed to take place between mid-July and early August. Join MDOT at one of these virtual public meetings for details about the bridge move, freeway closure, detours, and more.

Thursday, June 16, 2022
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Zoom and Phone Info:
bit.ly/3sNT4tV or
(877) 853-5247 (Toll Free)

Webinar ID: 874 7727 4329
Passcode: 807595

Thursday, June 16, 2022
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Zoom and Phone Info:
bit.ly/3MBSc3D or
(877) 853-5247 (Toll Free)

Webinar ID: 842 3797 6290
Passcode: 620154

If you are unable to participate in the meeting or need more information, contact Terry Stepanski, P.E., I-94 Senior Project Manager:

  • By e-mail: StepanskiT@Michigan.gov
  • By phone: 517-241-0233
  • By mail: I-94 Project Office, 3031 West Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202

Special Accommodations: Accommodations can be made for persons who require mobility, visual, hearing, written, or other assistance for participation. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or other services of interpreters, signers, or readers are available upon request. Please contact Orlando Curry at 517-241-7462 or complete Form 2658 for American Sign Language (ASL) located on the Title VI webpage: Michigan.gov/MDOT/Programs/Title-Vi. Requests should be made at least five days prior to the meeting date. Reasonable efforts will be made to provide the requested accommodation or an effective alternative, but accommodations may not be guaranteed.

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MDOT is responsible for Michigan’s state highways (I, US, and M routes), including highway bridges, overpasses, rest areas, carpool lots, noise barriers, and other features. MDOT also maintains certain Amtrak and other railroads, and aids intercity bus and train services. https://www.michigan.gov/mdot

HNTB Michigan, MDOT’s Owner’s Representative Consultant, worked with MDOT to develop the initial concept for a signature network tied-arch bridge. https://www.hntb.com/

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting and engineering services worldwide. The Michigan-based team designed the bridge. https://www.tetratech.com/en

HDR, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, designed the tied-arch network, a key part of the bridge structure. https://www.hdrinc.com/

Z Contractors, a self-performing construction company headquartered in Shelby Township, Michigan, built the bridge. https://www.z-contractors.com/

Mammoet, based in the Netherlands with offices in the United States, provided the specialized equipment for moving the bridge to its permanent location. https://www.mammoet.com/