Isn't this a dandy looking bridge?? Nicely landscaped, green grass, lots of rocks to help prevent erosion?
While a new bridge WAS needed to cross the Murphy Creek in this spot, we are all flabergasted by the major construction project and what it cost! For those of you who snowmobile in the Newberry area, this bridge is on Trail # 45, off from Skyline Drive. We know that logging truck traffic uses this stretch of road at various times of the year so the bridge had to be built to last.
There is another bridge that is supposed to be constructed and TASA has to come up with the funds for THAT. TASA's part has to be paid in advance before any remuneration from the State. We had to have a qualified, certified, dignified engineering firm design the plans (we, meaning TASA, had one firm that bid on the project but the bid was too high so the State rejected it). Don't even get me started on that.
The State of Michigan is in sad shape, but bridges like this don't seem to worry the bean counters!
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