Blue Water Bridge Plaza Expansion Project – MI

Biersdorf & Associates Project # 3376.001

Condemning Authority: Michigan Department of Transportation

We recently spoke to a representative at the Mi/DOT Transportation Planning department, who informed us that property acquisition has already begun on this project, and 76 of the 84 residential parcels have already been acquired.

Right now, there are about five additional multi-family properties that need to be acquired for the project, along with nearly 30 commercial businesses. Five of the 30 businesses have also already been acquired. The acquisition process began back in May 2008, and will continue through 2011.

The Mi/DOT currently has the funding for all right of way acquisitions, which is funded through earmarks. If that funding is expended, funding will be sought out from other sources; however, the DOT doesn’t anticipate seeing any gaps in funding.

Construction for the project is funded by bonds, and will be broken into three different construction contracts. The contracts are: the I-94 freeway contract, the relocation of Pine Grove city streets contract, and the Blue Water Bridge Plaza contract.

Work is planned to begin in 2011 on the I-94 freeway contract, the new city streets are planned for 2013, and the Blue Water Bridge Plaza contract is scheduled to begin in 2014.

Construction will be sequential, meaning the second and third contracts will not begin until the previous is completed. The DOT anticipates construction to be completed by 2017.

If you have other questions regarding this project, or think you may be affected by it, call us toll-free at 866.339.7242.  Scroll further down to view the three maps for this project.

April 7, 2009

The Blue Water Bridge Plaza Expansion Project is a construction project that will increase the area of the plaza from 16 to 56 acres, will require the condemnation of 125 homeowners, 30 businesses and one church. This is an increase from previous plans, but according to Mi/DOT officials, the property owners were the ones that requested to be included in the plan.

Homeowners fear the“Swiss cheese effect” will set in, an effect where home owners would be left to live around massive construction for years and later in the border of a commercial development, which are properties that are not needed for the project were included in the list of the ones to be condemned.

The state will pay for relocation costs of homeowners whose properties are being taken in addition to 125% fair-market value for their homes.

The project will cost $553 million and property acquisition is scheduled to begin around mid-May. Construction is expected to begin in either late 2010 or early 2011 and end only in 2015 or 2016.

For more information on this project, call us at 866.339.7242

To view maps for the project plans, click the following links:

Map 1 Map 2 Map 3

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