Arbor residents enjoy new $361,000 footbridge over creek
ANN ARBOR, Mich., 25 VIII 18 (AP): Walkers are enjoying a $361,000
footbridge over Malletts Creek in Ann Arbor.
The bridge was funded by the city and opened in spring, The Ann
Arbor News reported. The Lansdowne bridge project replaced an
older bridge that was closed a decade ago because of safety
Residents had complained that the removal of the old bridge left an
eyesore and made the area dangerous. They say the new structure
adds scenic variety to their walks.
``It's fun because we live on the other side and now we can walk
here and get across and get to the other part of the
subdivision. It's a really nice, long walk,'' said resident Mary
Kagan. ``I try to do 20,000 steps every day. It's helping me do
Homeowners association Lans Basin Inc. took responsibility for
repairing the foundation of the old bridge.
The city delayed moving forward with the project for about two
years before approving the work in May 2017. Council members
supporting the bridge said they had an obligation to the
The city approved a roughly $293,000 design-build contract with
Grand Haven-based Anlaan Corp. The city also spent about $7,000
on consulting fees and nearly $58,000 on internal city costs,
according to project cost information.
The initial total cost was projected to be $358,000, but that rose
to about $361,000 due to additional staffing expenses at the end
of the project, said city engineer Nick Hutchinson.
The project still came in under budget, he said.
Information from: The Ann Arbor News, http://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor