FLINT TWP. — South Ballenger Highway over the Swartz Creek reopened last weekend, ending a three-month detour.
That section of road has been closed since August 25 for a total replacement of the deteriorating bridge. The road was originally slated to reopen to traffic on November 20 but was pushed back to December 5.
A November 2012 inspection rated the bridge structurally deficient. It was built in 1928 and reconstructed in 1967.
Replacement by the Michigan Department of Transportation cost an estimated $1.889 million. Work included bridge removal and replacement with pre-stressed, concrete box beams, concrete paving, and guardrails.