- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - The Interstate 75 bridge over the Rouge River is scheduled for a roughly $80 million deck replacement in 2017 amid safety worries.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Diane Cross tells The Detroit News (https://bit.ly/1HL5dQv ) Michigan’s shortage of highway repair funds makes it impossible to replace the deck sooner or to spend about $300 million that would be needed for a new bridge.

The bridge is classified as structurally deficient because of its deteriorating deck surface. The 48-year-old span carries four lanes of traffic each way. Concerns about safety were raised in recent months after potholes opened up through the roadway.

Michigan voters in May 5 will decide on a proposed tax increase for road repairs. Cross says it is “possible” that work could be done sooner if Proposal 1 passes.

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Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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