Yep, it’s true! The Cornell Rd. Bridge that was condemned and closed on March 16th, 2020 was officially opened for traffic Monday, October 19th, 2020. That’s 7 months, start to finish. 7 months! Is that not just absolutely amazing? Well, I think it is! Especially when you consider there are bridges in Jackson County and throughout Michigan that have been closed awaiting repairs or replacement for well over a year. So I guess you could say those of us in Concord Township, and especially those of us who rely on Cornell Rd. as a major piece of our transportation architecture, are well and truly blessed!
Throughout the irritation the bridge closure brought, I fielded a lot of calls concerning it, some critical, some frantic, some inquisitive and some not. I did my level best to field all of them and I passed those that were beyond my level of technical acuity on to Mr. Jim Cole, of JCDOT, who always responded immediately. He not only kept the flow of information going, I credit him with speed and efficiency of getting this project funded and completed in record time. I’ve worked with a lot of people in my life, thousands really, but few achieve the level of competence and comradery he does.
Ever since Jim told us he had procured funding for and was ordering our dandy new bridge, many people had called or emailed to congratulate or thank me for getting the bridge replaced. Trust me, it’s always nice to have people say positive things to you, but I gotta be honest here: I never lifted a shovel of dirt, drove a nail or turned a bolt to get that job done – not one. I am an innocent bystander. All of the credit for this goes directly to Jim Cole and the staff at JCDOT, without whom we’d still be looking for a place to ford the river. All of the kudos and congrats go to them, and if we’re smart, we’ll make certain they know how much we appreciate their efforts on our behalf.
So why not take 20 seconds out of your busy day and click here: Jim Cole to send him a simple “Thank You” for his efforts on our behalf. Especially if you live on Cornell Rd!!!
And finally, I have attached a few pictures of our recently paved bridge, but the scenery is gummed up with a bunch of orange barrels. They will be removed as soon as the new guardrails are installed in the next week or so, but they are needed to protect our Jim-dandy new bridge from potential damage. BTW: They are thinking of calling that style of bridge the “Jackson Arches”. What do you guys think? Should we give it a name? If so – what?
Couple of things I need to touch here on the Gemini Cancer cusp, and I’m going to lay them out in order of priority. Our businesses are reopening. After a months long forced closure, those organizations who have survived are now trying to re-enter the marketplace and re-establish their customer bases and business practices. It…Read More
I don’t think it was all that long ago when The only things you needed to watch TV were the TV itself and maybe an antenna of some sort. Your channel choices were largely limited only by your location and choice of receiving gear, sit-coms were funny, news was, my brothers and I were the…Read More
Many of our residents have inquired as to when our recreational facilities will reopen. Well! Here is an update for you provided by our recently appointed County Commissioner, Earl Poleski. This comes by way of our Assistant Parks & Rec. Director, Kyle Lewis. Right, as it were, from the horse’s mouth! TO: Jackson County…Read More
Hello, Concord! Here we are pretty much halfway through the year but it sure doesn’t feel like it, does it? If it weren’t for all the recently completed home repair, cleaning and construction projects I’d say so far it’s been a wash. Fortunately, I think all of us have used this time to our advantage…Read More
On the way into the office yesterday, driving West on Cornell Rd. to avoid the still-to-be-rebuilt bridge, I happened across several happy guys liberally applying hot patch bandages to our ailing road! In addition to thanking them for the attention to our asphalt and complementing them on their workmanship, I took a minute to catch…Read More
Monday, May 11th @ 1800 (6:00 PM for you non military types) Concord Township will attempt to host our Township Board of Trustees’ meeting by ZOOM. You will need an invitation to the meeting if you desire to attend, and a computer with a camera and speakers if you wish to comment. All Township residents…Read More
Wednesday, 4/22/20 was probably the best day I’ve had during my tenure as Supervisor of this budding little metropolis and there have been some really good days in the last 4 years. I thought of sharing the news with all of you then, but restrained myself until I had a chance to satisfy myself that…Read More
Here’s the current list of Candidates and the Township Offices they are running for in Concord: Should YOUR name be on this list? Al Cavasin, Supervisor Sheryll Dishaw, Clerk Judy Clark, Treasurer Kevin Bohl, Trustee Guthrie Colburn, TrusteeRead More
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM! Would that it had turned out as funny as the Zero Mostel movie by the same name… Late last week I needed to take a ride into Jackson for some supplies, and because the Cornell Rd., bridge has been condemned, I went via the Mann-to-Behling-to-Albion…Read More
Well, now that you’ve asked…. The absolute worst possible circumstance imaginable in our Constitutional Republic is an uncontested seat for Pubic Office. When there is no one in any body of the governed sufficiently interested, motivated, or vested enough in serving the people of their community that seats are left vacant or aspirants to offices…Read More