The Escanaba River Bridge will not be completed this year

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WELLS TOWSNHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - The Escanaba River Bridge project began nearly 18 months ago and has faced bad weather and a labor related work stoppage that was just recently resolved.

Area residents had hoped for good news when work resumed but recently the Michigan Department of Transportation's Dan Weingarten delivered grim news about the bridge.

"The project won't be completed this year."

Since an agreement between labor and management was recently reached to continue construction across the state, crews have been trying to make up for lost time.

"They are working on forming up the bridge deck for an eventual concrete pour which would be later in October or November."

Like everything else though, that pour date is dependent on the weather which has been less than cooperative since work has resumed.

"It's certainly our goal to get that bridge open to traffic by the end of the year. There will still be some work that will be finished next year but we're going to expedite things this year as much as possible to make sure that happens."

Weingarten says that whether the bridge will have a four lanes or a two lanes open this year will be decided by how much work the weather allows to be done.