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Lowell Historic District Commission considers safety changes to the new bridge over the Flat River
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Lowell Historic District Commission considers safety changes to the new bridge over the Flat River

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) The Lowell Historic District Commission discussed proposed safety enhancements to the new state bridge over the Flat River in Downtown Lowell Tuesday night.

Last year a parent contacted the city over a concern that the slats on the new cement railings were wide enough for a small child to slip through and into the river. HDC Commissioner Greg Canfield noted that code for deck railings in the city is 4 inches between slats, while the cement bridge slats have a space of six inches.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says the railings do meet state code, but offered two potential enhancements; a green mesh screen to be attached to the bridge or steel rods to be inserted into each opening.  HDC commissioners didn't like either option but agreed safety needed to be the priority. The commission voted to choose the steel rods while suggesting another alternative suggested by Commissioner Canfield. He proposed designing and manufacturing decorative inserts for the openings.

In other business, the HDC also discussed a request by Dr. James Reagan who requested a grant to help pay for brick repairs to his Main Street Office.  The HDC discussed the matter but eventually tabled a decision while it waits to learn more about the scope of the project. The biggest concern was over matching the new bricks with the existing bricks on the building.

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