M-231 bridge work continues

Water from recent flooding caused some minor problems for crews working on the M-231 bridge over the Grand River.
Becky Vargo
Jun 2, 2014


But it didn’t really slow them down.
“We had other areas to work on,” said site superintendent Greg Bussey as he looked over the construction zone.
Large pools of water still bordered the span being built on the south side of the Grand River, but construction vehicles bypassed it on a bumpy road of railroad ties.
Bussey, who works for Ludington-based Hardman Construction, said the entire bridge substructure is complete.
“We are in process of setting beams and pouring decks,” he said. “We’re also doing protection casings of piers in the river.”
Bussey said the seventh largest bridge in Michigan is being built in a joint venture with C.A. Hull Construction from Walled Lake.
The longest span of the bridge will be a 333-foot section over the river, Bussey said. Three beams will be spliced together to create that span.
Work is scheduled to be finished in mid-July.
“We will have three cranes on the river with a series of barges,” he said.
During that time, boaters will have to go around one side or the other.
“We have warning buoys on both ends,” Bussey said. “They (boaters) will always have a spot to float through.”
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It looked like they had a problem bigger than a little flooding this morning... a truck was tipped on its side, just east of M-45 & 120th intersection.


Good job all. I love to see our tax dollars doing something extraordinary. Keep up the good work, your hard work is really paying off! Thanks.


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