Village of Muir

Prairie Street Bridge over Maple River

Project Description

The Village of Muir needed a new bridge over the Maple River for safety, convenience, and economic reasons. The existing bridge was over 100 years old, yet a vital link to health and safety services for the residents. “Alternate routes would add 10–15 miles to one’s trip,” said Prein & Newhof Project Manager Jason Washler, PE. “They needed this bridge.”

The Village of Muir hired Prein & Newhof and HH Engineering to design a new two–lane bridge to replace the existing structure spanning the Maple River just south of the Village’s central business district. The old bridge accommodated traffic during the construction of the new bridge.

Lansing-based Davis Construction built the bridge in one construction season. Davis Construction has the equipment, office, and field resources necessary to handle such a large and complicated project and to deliver it on time and on-budget. Although the new bridge spanned the Maple River, its construction was minimally disruptive to it. Support piers were built within cofferdams, and soil erosion control measures at each bank prohibited construction activities from negatively affecting the water.

Scientists also discovered Federally-endangered snuffbox mussels (constructus interruptae) in the river bed, but they were relocated to a safer place without disrupting construction activity.

Once the new bridge became open for use, the old bridge was rehabilitated and restored to its historical appearance and became a non–motorized trail that connects the Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail segment through Muir.

Construction on both the new bridge and the non–motorized bridge was completed in 2016.

“It has been incredible to see a community pull together and achieve this. They don’t give up. That’s why they’ll see this bridge get built.”

Jason Washler, P&N Project Manager

Contact

Jason Washler
Project Manager
616-364-8491

Funding

The project had a $3.6 million price tag, and Muir (605 residents in 2013) began tackling this funding challenge in May 2011 by applying for an MDOT Local Bridge Grant. The Village received a $2.9 million commitment from MDOT in January of 2012. Muir developed a fundraising strategy to raise the remaining balance from other grant agencies, local stakeholders, and with community events.

Muir developed a fundraising strategy to raise the remaining balance from other grant agencies, local stakeholders, and with community events. Grass roots fundraising efforts included a jelly bean sale at the Ionia County Fair, a lemonade stand, Lions Club lotteries and engraved brick sales. Village leaders volunteered nearly 900 hours of their personal time to raise money for this project and Village President Doug Hyland made multiple presentations to other local stakeholders to find support for the project.

Awards

Project of the Year, 2016 American Public Works Association Michigan