MDOT Opens Fort Street Bridge a Year Behind Schedule

For the first time in almost three years, drivers in southwest Detroit can use Fort Street to cross the Rouge River. The Michigan Department of Transportation shut down the road in 2013 to remove a century-old drawbridge. A new type of drawbridge opened to traffic on New Year’s Eve. MDOT spokesperson Diane Cross tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller the project took about a year longer than expected. One lane of traffic is open in each direction while workers complete the job. Cross says the goal is to have all lanes open by the end of January. Click on the audio player to hear the conversation. 

Pat Batcheller

Work continues on the new Fort Street bridge over the Rouge River.


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Pat Batcheller

Senior News Editor & WDET Host, Morning Edition

Hi, I’m Pat Batcheller, your host for WDET’s Morning Edition. I bring you the news, weather, traffic, and information to help you start your weekday.   Follow @patbwdet

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