Reporting Pat Sweeting
ROCHESTER HILLS (WWJ) – There are no more detours around the Livernois bridge over the Clinton River in Rochester Hills.
Anyone who has tried to drive along Livernois road between Avon and Hamlin in the past several months knows the headache it’s been routing through the detours while the bridge was being replaced.
Road Commission for Oakland County managing director Dennis Kohler tells WWJ’s Pat Sweeting that
“The bridge has been closed, we started construction in July, before that it was reduced to one lane in each direction because of the deterioration on the outside of the bridge it would continue to get worse,” said Kohler. “We were monitoring the bridge about every three months and we could see some deterioration, so if we project that out, we would have never made 2014.”
Beverly Kevalchik, a Rochester Hills resident, was happy to see the ribbon cut to open the new bridge.
“We live about 2 miles south and it has impacted us for four months,” she said. “So we are pretty happy to see it open.”
Her husband, Nick said getting around the construction was not easy.
Complete replacement of the deteriorating bridge cost $3.2 million.