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Frankenmuth News

VOL. 109  No. 46

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Dehmel road Bridge to open to traffic May 29

  Following 18 months of closure, the Dehmel Road Bridge over the Dead Creek is set to reopen for traffic on Friday, May 29.

  The span was closed on January 10, 2014, when it was deemed structurally deficit and was cordoned off by the Saginaw County Road Commission.

  SCRC Director of Engineering Joe G. Wisniewski, P.E., gave the Frankenmuth Township Board of Trustees the good news at their May 18 regular monthly meeting and he called the News to share the good news with area motorists.

  “Traffic will be restored for the bridge on May 29. After it is open about one week, Dehmel Road, between Warnick and Townline roads, will be repaved. We already have a paving contract awarded,” Wisniewski said.

  Final clean up and “punch list” work will be completed by mid-May. That work, along with the paving, should cause minimal interruptions for motorists.

  Dehmel Road is a major thoroughfare for area residents traveling to and from Birch Run. The bridge’s closure has caused headaches for school bus drivers, first responders and area farmers in addition to the usual private vehicle traffic.


Social media assists FPD in goodwill bin case

  Cell phone photos and anonymous tips helped round up two area residents who were helping themselves to items from Frankenmuth’s Goodwill bin.

  The investigation began the week of May 11, FPD Chief Don Mawer said. The Goodwill station is located in the southwest corner of the Bavarian Mall parking lot.

  “That is a popular site for folks to meet to sell items for the ��rankenmuth Buy-Sell-Trade’ on Facebook,” Mawer said.

  Goodwill Industries also set up their own surveillance. The FPD posted the photos of the subjects on their Facebook page.

  “Within one hour of posting, were literally had dozens of calls and emails from persons identifying the two men,” Mawer stated.

  One was a 54-year-old Birch Run Township man and the other a 35-year-old Frankenmuth Township man.

  The photos were posted on May 15 and by that afternoon, the Birch Run Township man turned himself in, along with the property. Officers later located the Frankenmuth Township man who admitted to no wrongdoing, however, was identified holding a flashlight and looking in the bin.

  Both were issued trespass warning. The matter has been turned over to the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office.


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