This Kalamazoo Bridge Is One of the Most Structurally Deficient in Michigan
No, you're not likely to have the bridge crumble down on you when crossing Interstate 94, but this bridge in Kalamazoo is one of the most structurally deficient in the entire state.
The bridge is the one that carries I-94 over Portage Road near Kilgore at the Kalamazoo/Portage border.
According to data from the Federal Highway Administration compiled by Bridge Magazine, the Portage Road overpass is the 5th most troubled bridge in the state. All of the other distressed bridges are on roads in the Metro Detroit area.
Here are the 10 worst bridges in the state:
Second Boulevard over I-96 in Wayne County, built in 1954, 146,000 crossings each day
M-39 over Rouge River in Wayne County, built in 1963, 114,656 crossings each day
I-75 over Rouge River, Dearborn Street and railroad, built in 1967, 100,492 crossings each day
I-75 over Fort Street in Wayne County, built in 1967, 100,492 crossings each day
I-94 over Portage Road in Kalamazoo County, built in 1956, 69,260 crossings each day
M-102/8 mile Road over I-75 in Wayne County, built in 1969, 68,056 crossings each day
I-75 southbound over M-150/Rochester Road in Oakland County, built in 1964, 65,985 crossings each day
I-94 westbound over Ecorse Road in Wayne County, built in 1962, 65,737 crossings each day
I-94 over Conrail & Grand River in Jackson County, built 1949, 64,800 crossings each day
US-24 Telegraph Road over Rouge River in Wayne County, built in 1967, 63,820 crossings each day
A 2020 project by the Michigan Department of Transportation will target the area with a nearly three mile work zone between Lovers Lane and Portage Road in Portage.