PARTIAL LIST OF MAJOR MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENTS MADE TO THE TOLL BRIDGE BY THE GIBC FROM 1982 UNTIL 2007
* The Toll Bridge is in excellent condition and no major maintenance needs to be performed during the Wayne County Bridge closure period.
> Since Paul Smoke took over as President of the GIBC in 1982, the company has spent more than $10 million (100% private funding) on upgrades and major maintenance. No taxpayers money has ever been used to maintain the Toll Bridge.
> The user fee toll fare is the only source of funding for keeping the Toll Bridge in outstanding condition.
The bridge deck on the swing span was replaced and upgraded during 1985.
The support piers were reinforced and strengthened during the 1990s.
Swing span (i.e., the center section of the bridge) bearings and gears were replaced in 1994. These components have a design life of 50 years based on 2,000 swings per year (there were less than 700 swings in 2005 and even a lower number during 2006).
A new motor and controls were installed on the swing arm during 1998.
The "pony truss" section of the bridge was completely rebuilt during 2002.
The four lane toll plaza was designed in the early 2000's, approved by the City of Riverview in 2001 and built during 2004 on the mainland side of Bridge Rd. The plaza features state-of-the-art hardware and software to operate the Bridge Pass which was installed in May of 2005. This system essentially uses the same hardware and software utilized by the University of Michigan (on all its campuses), the Renaissance Center and Ford Field for parking lots and garages.
The center pier was encased in steel and enlarged with solid fill during 2004.
All electrical components were replaced in 2004.
The road deck was replaced with new steel support beams (40 steel support beams were replaced) and a concrete surface during 2004. New guardrails were installed on the causeway section of Bridge Rd.
New LED traffic lights were installed during 2006.
Painting touch up work on the superstructure was completed in November of 2006.
The west bound lane (the Bridge Pass express lane) of Bridge Rd. was widened from the Toll Bridge to the toll plaza in November 2006.