County expects work to be done by month’s end
The Center Road bridge over the Thornapple River is one of four currently being repaired with funding primarily from the state’s Critical Bridges program.
Repairs to several bridges over the Thornapple River could be finished before the end of the month.
Rehabilitation work is in progress on River Road and Center Road bridges, and new structures are being put in on Thornapple Lake Road and Barger Road under the Michigan Department of Transportation's Critical Bridges program. The project is scheduled for completion by Oct. 25, said Jake Welch, operations director for the Barry County Road Commission.
The road commission applied two years ago to have the spans designated as critical bridges, making them eligible for the state program. MDOT pays 95 percent of the project cost for the bridge work while the road commission picks up the local match.
On the bridge projects on River and Center roads, the asphalt layer has been removed, and repairs are being made to the concrete box structure underneath before a new layer of asphalt is applied. Structure replacement and new asphalt has been completed on the Thornapple Lake and Barger roads structures, with the asphalt still needing to be cured before traffic will be able to use the road. Thornapple Lake and Barger roads could reopen to traffic by the end of next week, Welch said.
The total cost of the project is $536,120. Anlaan Construction of Grand Haven is the project contractor. Under MDOT regulations, the state contracts for the critical bridge repairs, not the local road commission, Welch said.
Because much of the Center Road traffic is using East Mill Street, the county has been maintaining the gravel portion. County crews have been grating the street to eliminate potholes caused by recent rains, Matt Gergen, Hastings Department of Public Services, said.