City Council votes to reopen Smith's Bridge

Tribune file photo/Marie Havenga

Update: After Monday's vote, Smith's Bridge reopened to vehicle traffic around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Original Story:

FERRYSBURG — The Ferrysburg City Council voted 4-3 Monday night to reopen Smith's Bridge.

The bridge that carries West Spring Lake Road traffic over Smith's Bayou in Ferrysburg has been closed since June, when the City Council decided to have it closed to all but pedestrians and bicyclists because of its detetriorating condition.

Council's decision on Monday means the bridge could be reopened to motor vehicles as soon as this month, perhaps in a few days.

There will be load restrictions, and it may only be open to cars and pickup trucks.

The decision follows a second opinion from an engineering firm that the bridge may be able to handle the lighter vehicle loads. The Fleis and Vandenbrink firm, which conducted the second study, has offered to help the city apply for repair grants.

More information will be in Wednesday's Tribune.

(2) comments

Zippy

[beam] /Who on the council voted "no" for this? Ridiculous.

MOONDOG

Some moron.

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