Kalamazoo’s Inkster Bridge getting total reconstruction

Rendering of the planned design for the bridge over Inkster Street and Bronson Boulevard in Kalamazoo. (Imagine Kalamazoo website)

Project starts Monday, March 18

The Inkster Bridge over Bronson Boulevard in Kalamazoo will be completely reconstructed starting on Monday, March 18. The road will remain closed while the old bridge is demolished and a new one is constructed.

There will be a detour available to drivers, who will be directed around the construction via Howard Street or Kilgore Street to Oakland Drive. The construction is expected to last through early September. Bronson Boulevard will remain closed during the structural bridge work but engineers anticipate it will be able to open before the bridge is fully complete.

The current bridge was closed in 2020 due to structural integrity concerns. The new bridge will be made of concrete, which will make it more durable and resistant to the elements. The bridge’s design was chosen after feedback from nearby residents in 2022.

The city will hold an open house on Tuesday, March 19 at the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan at 601 W Maple Street. This will give residents the opportunity to ask questions and speak with project managers about the bridge and other ongiong road reconstruction in Kalamazoo. The event is open from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The city is committed to reducing road construction impacts by addressing concerns from residents. People are encouraged to contact 311 or (269) 337-8000 or send an email to [email protected] with any issues.

Businesses near and in construction areas will remain open. The city encourages drivers to stay informed and use caution in construction zones.