Emergency bridge repairs close Clinton River Road

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published March 25, 2019


Spring has begun, and drivers can already expect to see some construction work in Sterling Heights due to the temporary closure of part of Clinton River Road.

On March 22, the city of Sterling Heights announced that a portion of Clinton River Road that serves as an overpass to M-53 would be closed starting March 23. City officials said that stretch would remain closed for around two weeks due to the need to conduct “immediate bridge repairs.”

Because the overpass is a bit south of 19 Mile Road, city officials are asking drivers to use 19 Mile Road and Schoenherr Road as a detour route. M-53 will function as normal except for the closure of the shoulders by the bridge, officials added.

Sterling Heights City Engineer Brent Bashaw said the city isn’t handling the bridge project. He explained that the Michigan Department of Transportation is responsible for it, and state funds will be used to pay for it.

He did not have an estimate for how much the work would cost, though he said “spot repairs” would be involved.

“It’s the Clinton River Road bridge over M-53,” he said. “This was not a planned project. It was based on a recent inspection.”

Bashaw described the effect that the roadwork will have on the local community, including the nearby Henry Ford II High School.

“We talked to MDOT about it (March 22) and knew it would have a big impact on the area and Utica Community Schools,” Bashaw said. “We worked with MDOT to help them get in touch with the school district so they would have time to prepare. We worked with MDOT to make sure the detour was set in place.”

UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy said “our buses will take the same detour” in order to adjust to the construction situation.

Find out more about Sterling Heights by visiting www.sterling-heights.net or by calling (586) 446-2489. See https://bit.ly/2uk1drE to check on the project’s status on MDOT’s Mi Drive site.