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MDOT to use dish soap, sliding bridge parts, to speed up construction

LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Michigan Department of Transportation will be using a new system to replace some bridges this year.

The technique involves building new bridge parts next to the existing bridge before sliding them into place with the help of some dish soap for lubrication.

The new method will be used in West Michigan at the I-96 overpass on M-50 in Lowell Township.

They plan to use the new technique to speed up the construction times for the bridges. The new bridge is built next to the existing bridge. After it's ready the old bridge is demolished and the new one slides into place. 

M-DOT has plans to replace the north and southbound bridges on US-131 over 3 Mile Road too.

An open house will be held on Wednesday, January 8th so that M-DOT can explain the technique to the public. It will be at the Lowell Township Hall on Alden Nash Ave. from 5:00-7:00 p.m.