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All lanes now open: Drawbridge issue halts traffic over Grand River

Becky Vargo • Aug 22, 2018 at 11:28 AM

(UPDATE 12:35 p.m.)

Officials said a problem with the locking mechanism caused them to close the Grand Haven drawbridge to traffic late Wednesday morning.

No more lane closures are expected, although crews may do an inspection later today during off-peak traffic times, according to John Richard, Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson.

(UPDATE 12:25 p.m.)

All lanes of traffic are moving on the bridge. No further closures are expected at this time.

(Update Noon)

Northbound lanes are still open to traffic. Southbound lanes are still closed.

City officials who were in a meeting with U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga went up on the bridge to witness the problem firsthand.

City Manager Pat McGinnis, Mayor Geri McCaleb, Chamber Director Joy Gaasch and Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke were attending a meeting with Huizenga when the bridge failed this morning.

“The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the federal side of bridge regulations and to explore avenues to better connect bridge operations with local conditions and input,” Hawke said. “Rep. Huizenga asked if I would drive him to the bridge so that he could witness the failure firsthand.”

(Update 11:52 a.m.)

Northbound lanes of U.S. 31 over the Grand River have been opened after issues with the drawbridge caused traffic backup. 

Southbound lanes are not yet open over the drawbridge. 

The bridge is stuck open on the southbound side, making it impassable for traffic heading south as of 11 a.m. Wednesday. 

Northbound lanes were open until around 11:20 a.m., when officials closed those lanes as well.

A bridge tender said they are still trying to determine the problem. 

Updates will be provided as they become available. 

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