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Posted on: April 3, 2018

MDOT responds to City and County’s request for Transfer of Assets

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On Monday, April 2, 2018 Bay City Manager Muscott received a letter from MDOT Director Kirk T. Steudle dated March 23, 2018 with a subject line of Bay City Moveable Bridges. “The letter was the State’s official response of what was conveyed during our meeting”, said City Manager Muscott. “While the meeting with the Director was positive as we formally requested the State of Michigan to take over the jurisdictional transfer of Trumbull, Independence Bridge and Wilder Road in Bay City to I-75 in Monitor Township, the State’s response was expected.” 

Excerpt from letter: “MDOT has met many times over the years with Bay City, county and state elected officials concerning ownership or jurisdictional transfer of the Independence and Liberty Bridges. We never expressed an interest in adding these bridges to our inventory for a variety of reasons; one being these routes are claimed by Bay City as part of their Act 51 network, as well as their lack of connectivity to other National Highway System (NHS) routes. Another reason is the overall condition of the two bridges and the investment needed to bring them into a state of good repair. We have not changed our position on this matter. MDOT is also not interested in taking ownership of Wilder Roadfrom Harry S. Truman Parkway to I-75.

On Thursday, February 22nd, the City Manager, Mayor, City Commission Officers, DPW Director, Bay County Executive, Bay County Road Commissioner, Bay Area Chamber President, Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance CEO and Bay Future President met with MDOT Director Steudle regarding Independence Bridge. At that same meeting other items discussed included funding possibilities, grants and reimbursement procedures.

The concept of approaching the State for a formal response was discussed at the joint meeting of City and County officials held on February 5, 2018. Commission President Andrew Niedzinski has begun forming committees who will follow up on the suggestions provided by the State.

The State recognizes and encourages innovative contracting and operations, which include a sustainable model for the future. The State advised that since these routes are part of the NHS and have used federal funding in the past, the logistics and details require the City to work though the Bay City Transportation Service Center and Federal Highway Administration. 23 USC Section 129 provides the authority for tolling federal-aid highways in conjunction with new construction or other improvements to those highways. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act made significant changes to the Federal Section 129 Tolling Program, including tolling eligibilities and agreement requirements.

If you are interested in serving on any proposed committee: Lansing Lobby Group, Community Infrastructure Focus and/or Public Information Group. please contact Andrew Niedzinski at email [email protected] or 989-992-7864.


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