Bridge work noticed?

Billy of Grand Haven asked, “I was wondering if the Tribune warned us of the (recent) bridge road work? If so, I missed it. The manner in which the lanes were coned off and law enforcement was directing traffic … was insanely wrong and the cause of much of the congestion. Not to mention lots of road rage!"
Mark Brooky
Jul 9, 2014


Billy has more to say: "Lastly, it would be interesting to know who the knucklehead was that made the decision to do this work, on this stretch of road, in Grand Haven during one of the busiest traffic weeks of the year. It's great to have good roads, but timing is everything!”


The project was indeed in the news (radio, print, TV, social media, etc.), and the lane restriction information is always available at, said John Richard, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Grand Region. The repaving project was certainly noted in the Tribune and subject of a Mailbag Q&A in May.

For the May 7 Mailbag answer, Richard said MDOT was shooting for having the work done by Memorial Day weekend, unless the weather didn’t cooperate. It didn’t. In fact, June made it even more difficult to schedule and get done.

“The monsoon June has slowed things down all over West Michigan,” Richard said. “Is there a convenient time for construction during the summer in Grand Haven? Rhetorical. However, we do what we can to maintain mobility during road work. That’s why we, the knuckleheads, lifted all restrictions from (July 3-7) to make travel easier for the Fourth of July weekend.”

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Your plan for July 3-7 was admirable. However, as I am sure you discovered, Wednesday evening/night should have been included also. What a mess!!! In retrospect, cancelling the entire week might have been a wise move, no?


Yes, it was a big mess!

Mark Brooky


It most certainly was in the Tribune. Not only the May Mailbag, but this notice appeared June 20 in print and online:


According to this article they would stop construction at 6AM on Wednesday. The problem was Wednesday evening construction and the traffic nightmare it caused.


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