BYRON CENTER, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has started construction on the 100th Street bridge Monday, March 23. It will be demolished and replaced with a wider, taller overpass.
The 100th Street bridge was hit at least eight times by trucks in 2018. MDOT has made temporary fixes to the bridge in the past, but now's it's time to rebuild.
The construction project is expected to last about five months and MDOT said it is investing $10.5 million to make the necessary changes.
The project will consist of doubling the width of the bridge. There will be four lanes over the bridge, where before there was just two. The new bridge will also include a non-motorized path, in addition to the four lanes. It will also be raised by two and a half feet.
On the weekend of March 27, US-131 near 100th Street will be closed in both directions, and the bridge will be demolished. US-131 will be closed for a second weekend for beam setting, sometime later in the project.
Officials hope that the work done will eliminate future bridge hits, as well as increasing the capacity of 100th Street and maintaining the integrity of the 131 corridor.
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