Monday, July 4, 2011

Bridge Not Over Troubled Waters - Contractor In Trouble

Michigan bridge is 2 inches too long

June 27, 2011

SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A new 385-foot-long steel pedestrian bridge is 2 inches too long, forcing officials to delay installation of the span across a Michigan river. Fortunately, it was not 2 inches too short. Just to be clear that's off by 2 inches out of a total of 4620 inches, .00043 per cent.

Saginaw County Road Commissioner Engineer Ryan P. Whiteherse tells The Saginaw News that a crew installed one segment over the Tittabawassee River in Saginaw County's Saginaw Township last week but pulled it out when it discovered the fit wasn't right.

Whiteherse says taxpayers won't foot the bill for alterations on the $688,000 project. He says the fix is covered under a construction contract. (Why can't they just cut 2 inches off of one end?)

The contract had called for the bridge linking Saginaw and Saginaw Township to the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail to be in place this week.

Now, the bridge sits in four pieces near the river, about 85 miles northwest of Detroit. See photo insert. No pedestrians are currently allowed on the bridge to nowhere.

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