FERRYSBURG, Mich. — An Ottawa County bridge was the focus of a meeting in Ferrysburg Tuesday night.
The Smith's Bridge was closed to all vehicle traffic in June after an inspection deemed it unsafe. A total replacement was recommended but it's not an immediate option because the cost would be more than $10 million.
A group of citizens raised money for a second opinion. Don Devries is an engineer involved in the second inspection and he says there are repair options that would cost much less than a total replacement.
"I would say $500,000 up to $1 million to do actual fixing of the bridge," says Devries.
And those repairs could be effective for anywhere between 5 and 20 years. Members of city council are hopeful that work could lead to a re-opening of the bridge.
They will vote in October on funding for the project.
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