Detour ahead for southbound 68th Ave. over Grand River

Alex Doty • Feb 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM

EASTMANVILLE — The Ottawa County Road Commission will close the southbound lane of the 68th Avenue bridge over the Grand River beginning Monday for emergency repairs.

“Basically, what we’ve got is a small hole in the bridge deck that’s needing to be replaced,” Road Commission spokesman Zach Russell explained. “It’s basically a pothole that’s only affecting the southbound lane.”

Structurally, the bridge is fine and safe for travel, Russell noted.

The plan is for the damaged section to be cut out of the bridge and a new section of concrete patched into the spot, Russell said.

“It’s something that we’ve had to do repairs for in the past,” he said.

Russell noted that the emergency repair will get the bridge to the point when the entire deck is slated to be replaced in 2019 at an estimated cost of about $1.6 million.

During next week’s project, southbound traffic will be detoured east on Leonard Road, south on Linden Drive, and then west on M-45.

“It will be a little inconvenient for a while,” Russell said, noting that the work should be wrapped up by the end of the week.

Traffic heading north on 68th Avenue will be unaffected by road work, officials say.

“It’s perfectly safe for northbound traffic,” Russell said of the bridge.

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