Tired of waiting for the Michigan Department of Transportation's promises of a crossing at 120th Avenue, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers quickly took the matter into their own hands and built an "Extreme Home Makeover"-style building of a bridge over the Grand River overnight.
The bridge was completed in less than eight hours and spans the river from near the Grand Haven State Park across to North Shore Road, near the mouth of the Grand River as it empties into Lake Michigan. This work began shorterly after midnight Sunday, April 1, and was completed by daybreak.
The bridge is only about 8 feet from the water surface and is not a drawbridge or swing bridge. A Coast Guard official commented that, "Boaters and freighters will find it very inconvenient, but motorists will enjoy the second crossing."
City officials were caught offguard. "I hope it's some kind of April Fool's Day joke," said a city official, who asked to remain anonymous.
By the way..........
April Fool's Day!