Over the bridge

Dec 15, 2006

The Chevrolet Avenue bridge was re-opened Monday, Dec. 11, with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony.

The "detour" signs are gone and north-south traffic has resumed on Chevrolet Avenue in what is known to locals as "Chevy in the hole," the area immediately north and south of the Chevrolet Avenue bridge spanning the Flint River. The bridge sits adjacent to the Kettering campus to the south, providing easy access to I-69.

The ribbon was officially cut by Flint Mayor Don Williamson and Congressman Dale Kildee (D-Flint), re-opening the bridge after a summer of detouring around the construction.

"We are striving to re-build our city project by project," said Williamson. The Chevrolet Avenue bridge was one of three being rebuilt in Flint. He added that the area from Saginaw Street in downtown Flint to Ballenger Highway, Third Avenue and Court Street, "will be the new downtown" because of economic development projects slated.

Kildee said he was pleased to see the combination of historic accuracy and the latest technology in this construction. Officials from the city, the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce, Rowe Engineering and Kettering University were on hand to celebrate the ribbon cutting.

The term "Chevy in the hole" refers to the area where Chevrolet manufacturing plants climbed away from the bridge on both sides of the river. Now Kettering anchors the north side of the bridge on Chevrolet Avenue.


Written by Dawn Hibbard