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Moravian Bridge reopens

By: Sarah Cormier | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published October 20, 2011

 Workers remove signs and barriers and reopen the Moravian Bridge in Clinton Township to traffic.

Workers remove signs and barriers and reopen the Moravian Bridge in Clinton Township to traffic.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


CLINTON TOWNSHHIP — The Moravian Bridge was reopened to motorists Oct. 14 after about 10 months of construction work on the structure shut it down.

The bridge, which goes over the Clinton River between Cass Avenue and Harrington Boulevard in Clinton Township, had to be completely rebuilt, said Bob Hoepfner, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads.

Hoepfner said work on the bridge started in January 2011. He noted that 95 percent of the bridge was paid for with local bridge funds provided by the state. The Macomb County Department of Roads paid the required 5 percent match, as well as all engineering costs. Clinton Township did not have to put in any funds for the project.

On Oct. 14, such local leaders as Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the bridge.

“We’ve waited a lot time for this. It was a much-needed project in our community,” said Cannon.

Hackel said 8,500 vehicles crossed the bridge daily when it was open. He added the bridge needed to be completely redone because it was first built in 1927.

“This is a great opportunity,” said Hackel. “Bridges are exciting in our area … so we are glad it’s here in this community.”

Hoepfner said the bridge had gotten so old that the Macomb County Department of Roads would have to close it a couple of times every year for repairs.

“It turned out very nice,” he said of the reconstruction project.

In addition, a 10-foot wide hike/bike path was installed next to the bridge to allow easier access for pedestrians. Ron Robinson, a member of the Moravian Area Homeowners group, lives on Moravian and said the project was much needed.

“I think it was obsolete for one. You could literally see the river (before it was fixed),” he said of the bridge, adding he can’t wait to use the new hike/bike path. “From a pedestrian standpoint, that is huge.”