Grand Haven Tribune: Smith's Bridge to closed

Smith's Bridge to closed

Becky Vargo • Jun 20, 2019 at 3:21 PM

Smith’s Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic as of noon Friday. This is an indefinite closure.

Ferrysburg City Manager Craig Bessinger said temporary signs and barricades will be in place at that time. Only pedestrians and bicycles will be allowed across the bridge.

The Ferrysburg City Council voted Monday night to close the bridge for safety reasons. 

Recent inspections have shown that the bridge deck and its supports have been deteriorating at a much faster rate than anticipated.

Attempts to secure funding to fix or replace the bridge have been unsuccessful, officials said. A millage request from 2017 was voted down 2-1.

Bessinger said officials are still looking for ways to fund a bridge replacement and responses to grant requests from April and July will be known by the end of the year. City Council could also choose to put another millage request on the November ballot.

In the meantime, officials will meet with the Department of Environmental Quality to see what steps need to be taken to secure permits to build a new bridge. The permit process could take up to two years. Then the bridge has to be built.

Detour routes will be West Spring Lake Road to 168th Avenue to VanWagoner Road. In the opposite direction, the detour is 174th Avenue to VanWagoner Road. Motorists can also use north and southbound U.S. 31 to get to VanWagoner Road, which can be taken to the west side of Spring Lake.

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