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Local news station speaks with Professor Lynch about bridge safety

Toledo’s Channel 11 (WTOL) recently spoke with Professor Jerry Lynch in a segment on bridge safety.| Short Read

“The future of bridge safety could be the Interstate 275 bridge over Telegraph Road in Monroe County, with dozens of solar panels and wiring,” the WTOL website states. “The smart bridge was designed by University of Michigan Professor Jerry Lynch and his students. Its sensors measure acceleration and when trucks go over the bridge, they also collect the vibrations and the strain that the bridge is under. Lynch says that information is then sent back to Ann Arbor so they can look for signs of deterioration and damage.”

“So we collect data here daily and it gives us a complete picture of the behavior of the bridge between those periods of inspection,” Lynch told WTOL.

To watch the segment, please visit

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    Jerry Lynch

The outside of the Ford Robotics building

U-Michigan, Ford open world-class robotics complex

The facility will accelerate the future of advanced and more equitable robotics and mobility | Medium Read