Following an inspection by Federal Highway Administration, bridge engineers on Monday, March 19, 2018, the city of Clinton was informed that the Pinehaven Road bridge between Kickapoo Road and Williamson Road in Clinton has been closed to all traffic.
Bridge closed and detour signs have been placed by Clinton Public Works to prevent use of the bridge by motorists. Motorists are asked to use Williamson Road and Clinton-Tinnin Road to bypass the closed bridge.
Inspections were completed on the Pinehaven Road Bridge in 2017 and weight limits were posted and the bridge deemed sufficient for use. For several years the City’s Engineering Department has been finalizing design work on the bridge for reconstruction in 2019. Following the most recent inspection it was determined that the bridge was deficient and the bridge would need to be closed for immediate repairs. Funds for the new bridge project have been approved from a federal surface transportation grant administered through CMPDD.
Public Works has sent a request for bids related emergency repairs to provide a short term solution. Bids are anticipated to be received under emergency repair procedures and voted on during the April 3, 2018 board meeting. This short term repair is expected to extend the life of the bridge and provide an opportunity for the new bridge designs to be completed and construction begun on the bridge replacement.
According to Mayor Phil Fisher, “a permanent fix for this bridge has been in the planning stages for several months, but our immediate desire is to make the repairs and get the bridge reopened to traffic as quickly as possible for residents and guests traveling to Clinton.”
“We regret the inconvenience this closure will have on our residents and visitors, but the safety of our motorists is the top priority,” added Mayor Fisher.