The Maple Street Bridge is expected to reopen to traffic soon

Photo by Jeff Zide

MANISTEE — Manistee City Manager Bill Gambill said Tuesday the Maple Street Bridge will be open to traffic by the end of the week.

“They poured (the concrete) last week, and they can open it to traffic after it partially hardens after seven days, so it should be open by the end of the week,” said said Gambill.

Gambill noted that they may have closed the bridge to traffic again for a day or two for some touch-ups.

However, he said it would take 28 days for the concrete to fully cure after any touch-ups, and then the project would be fully finished by May.

The Maple Street Bridge was closed to traffic on Jan. 10 and was set to reopen to all traffic on May 30, according to an Instagram post from the City of Manistee posted by Public Department Director Jeff Mikula.

Several items required repairs, including structural steel patches and concrete patching the full depth of the sidewalk deck along the longitudinal break. The poor condition of the concrete in these areas caused the structure to bond during operation, according to Mikula.