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First 'bridge slide' in the state to take place in Lowell Township
First 'bridge slide' in the state to take place in Lowell Township

LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP & WZZM) - The Michigan Department of Transportation is testing a new way to replace bridges without causing long traffic delays during construction.

The trick? Build the new bridge next to the old one, then slide it into place.The department says it will use the "bridge slide" technique for the first time on a project to widen the M-50 bridge over Interstate 96 in Kent County's Lowell Township, southeast of Grand Rapids.

The Iowa Department of Transportation performed its own bridge slide last year.  You can find a time lapse of the project on YouTube.

MDOT will detail its own bridge slide project and take public comments during a forum Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Lowell Township Hall.  The forum will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Transportation department spokesman John Richard says the overpass will be out of service for less time using the bridge slide system and says people swill "definitely see a lot more" such projects.  

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