'No quick fix' for bridge damaged in crash

Alexander Sinn • Jan 5, 2019 at 7:00 AM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — A local man walked away mostly unharmed Thursday after falling asleep and crashing his car into a bike path bridge in Grand Haven Township.

While police said the man is “lucky to be alive” after the crash, his car and the wooden bridge were both severely damaged. 

Grand Haven Township officials said there is no “quick fix” to the bridge on the pathway along Millhouse Bayou and Mercury Drive. The support timbers that drive the structure into the ground were broken off, Township Manager Bill Cargo said.

Repairing the bridge is estimated to cost $15,000, and will likely require lane closures on Mercury Drive and heavy equipment.

“These types of incidents happen on a regular basis,” Cargo said Friday. “We always have sufficient monies in the budget to handle these repairs.”

The township requested a copy of the accident report from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and will seek restitution from the driver’s insurance provider.

The township has also requested bids for the repairs, but Cargo said it can be difficult to get repair work done during the winter. The pathway is currently closed from both bridge entry points, he said.

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