The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 2, 1987 - Page 5
DETROIT - A structural
engineer is warning that the troubled
Zilwaukee Bridge on busy Interstate
75 near Saginaw should not be open -
ed in November as planned because
of serious structural problems.
But the state Department of
Transportation director says problems
that have delayed the twin span's
opening for three years have been
repaired and other engineers have said
the bridge is safe.
The comments by engineer Lev
Zetlin of West Palm Beach, Fla., and
Transportation Director James Pitz
were published in a copyright story
in yesterday's editions of The Detroit
The News said it paid $7,812.10
plus expenses, for the analysis by
Zetlin, who investigated the collapse
of pedestrian bridges in a Kansas
City, Mo., hotel that killed 113
people in 1981 and concrete cracking
problems at the Olympic Stadium in
Montreal in 1979.
"Serious consideration (should) be
given as to whether the bridge is
structurally sound at this stage to be
put out into public service," Zetlin
He blamed poorly made concrete
roadway sections connected by steel
cables running through them. Zetlin
said when the cables are tightened,
the concrete cracks because the ends
of the roadway sections aren't
smooth and flat. He added that repairs
will not prevent new cracks from
forming on the 1-1/2-mile span over
the Saginaw River.
But Pitz disagreed about the cause
of the cracks, called spalling.
"Zetlin's deduction that poorly
constructed segments caused the
spalling is absolutely incorrect," Pitz
said. "It is important to understand
that the spalling does not affect the
strength of the bridge.
The cost of the project, the largest
highway construction job in state
history, originally was set at $76.8
million, but has soared to $117.5
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