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Monday, May 21, 2012

Zilwaukee Bridge

The Zilwaukee Bridge, part of I-75 situated 5 miles north of Saginaw, was opened in 1988 after years of construction.  It is 125 feet high and spans the Saginaw River, replacing a bascule drawbridge that used to cause massive backups on the highway. Owned by MDOT (Michigan Department of Transportation), it cost more than $100 million dollars to build.  They were plagued with building problems, but no lives were lost. Nowadays, people just zoom over it without a thought.


  1. If I recall, one of the issues there were having was because that was one of the first bridges built using epoxy. As a result they did way more load testing than normal.

  2. They did use epoxy, but I didn't think that was the cause of their problems. Suzie