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All lanes now open on US 31 drawbridge

Alex Doty • May 25, 2018 at 1:50 PM

Travel on the U.S. 31 drawbridge has resumed this afternoon following an afternoon of traffic back-ups due to a mechanical malfunction.

The city announced that all lanes were reopened at about 4:20 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Officials say the bridge malfunctioned at about 1:45 p.m. today due to a mechanical issue that wouldn’t allow it to fully close.

The city advises that people be patient as traffic begins to resume normal travel through the area.

The bridge malfunction put a snag in people’s Friday afternoon commute, including Spring Lake resident Jane King, who was one of the first cars at the red light on northbound U.S. 31.

“The bridge went all the way up, then all the way down, then half up then half down again,” she said. “There’s not much you can do but wait.”

King said she lives not far off the other side of the bridge, and noted that she had a golf outing planned later in the afternoon.

“This is the third time in two days I’ve been caught at the bridge,” King added. “But the other two times were five minutes.”

Dan Bottema was also one of the motorists stuck in traffic Friday afternoon — a situation he noted that he’s been in 2-3 times prior.

“If the guy in front of me had gone thru the yellow light, I’d have followed him and probably been in Spring Lake already.”

Bottema noted that the situation was “very unfortunate” given the timing.

“It seems like they just did some (maintenance) on it to get ready for the season,” he said. “One of the first few times because the weather got nice, this happens.”

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