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.

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"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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