Eighth Street bridge work progressing

Original structure built 100 years ago

A soil boring company could be seen working at the Eighth Street Bridge site last week, a promising sign progress is being made. (Star photo/Shanna Avery)

A soil boring company could be seen working at the Eighth Street Bridge site last week, a promising sign progress is being made. (Star photo/Shanna Avery)

BALDWIN — Work crews were recently seen at the Eighth Street Bridge in Baldwin to conduct soil boring, one of the first physical projects completed at the site after many surveys and studies have been done since the bridge washed out in July 2019.

"Soil borings are required by the state to determine the soil types and to determine the size and and what depth can be used for footings and abutments for the bridge to hang on," Village of Baldwin President Jim Truxton said. "The workers put in two (100 ft.) borings, one on the east side of the bridge and one of the west side."

Truxton said a lot of surveys and studies had been required for the construction permitting process, to get the groundwork established.

The two borings cost $22,000. The village will work with an engineering team and Environment Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) as work progresses at the site.

Truxton noted issues with the bridge can be pinpointed to the original structure, built about 100 years ago when it served as a one-lane bridge.

"The footings of the old bridge are almost on top of the stream bed, which is not very deep, and as a consequence, it washed out. Those footings have long-proved inadequate," he explained. "Some time after it was a one-lane bridge, it was made into a two-lane bridge by the late 50s and early 60s. The original one-lane portion of the bridge is where it is failing."

The Eighth Street Bridge, on Baldwin Road, used to be part of the old U.S. 10 route years ago, before the current route was established during the late 1940s.