MSP Increases Presence Around Kent County Overpass Hit Several Times this Year
A downstate bridge has been hit nearly a dozen times this year.
According to MDOT, the 100th Street Bridge in Grand Rapids has been hit by high loads eleven times since January.
To help protect the bridge in southern Kent County MDOT is partnering with the MSP to increase police presence in the area.
MDOT says they just repaired the bridge again, and they’re going to do everything they can to try and protect it.
Bolstering police presence is one thing they can do for now.
But plans are in the works to replace the bridge starting in 2020.
A resurfacing project along US-131 will remove several inches of pavement, increasing the clearance under the overpass.
The MSP wants to remind commercial drivers that Michigan law that loads higher than thirteen feet six inches require a permit.
That’s because the minimal legal height of any bridge in Michigan is thirteen feet six inches.
The MSP’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division recommends drivers and trucking companies take a few extra minutes and make sure their loads meet the legal requirements, that includes making sure it’s not over height, before they head down the road.