About 30 people came to Bay City Hall Tuesday, May 21 to question state transportation officials about the planned Lafayette Bridge replacement.

Work will start next year after a contractor is selected with the project estimated at roughly $60 million and taking up to two years to complete. MDOT will pick up the largest portion of the cost with the city’s share amounting to around $1 million. Instead of three lanes, the new bridge will have two lanes to improve reliability and reduce costs.

Vehicle traffic will have access to Salzburg Ave. retailers, getting as close to the Saginaw River as Wenona before being detoured.