COLDWATER — The project by the Michigan Department of Transportation next summer for reconstruction of U.S. 12 between Bronson and Coldwater drew complaints from residents who live near the viaduct during an informational meeting Tuesday evening.
Beginning in May 2018, MDOT will resurface Snow Prairie Road from U.S. 12 north of M-86 for a detour around the work. Engineer Dharmesh Valsadia said that should take until mid-June 2018, when work on U.S. 12 will begin.
From June until August 2018, the 9.7 miles from the Coldwater River bridge to the east side of Bronson will be milled down and a 1 1/2 inch of pavement put back on top to resurface the cracking roadway.
In order to minimize cost and work, at the same time the Indiana Northeastern railroad crossing steel bridge, known as the viaduct, will be removed, the top 2 feet cut off the roadway and used to fill the open space, along with some fill.
The steel will be removed, but the concrete abutments will remain buried in the fill.