Report: 100 Kent Co. bridges need repair

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A report released Tuesday says Kent County has the sixth most bridges in need of repair in the state.

Kent County has 100 bridges that are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) found. That accounts for 19% of bridges in the county.

Wayne County has 549 bridges that are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, the report says. That’s 54% of the county’s bridges — the most of any county in the state.

About a quarter of the bridges in Muskegon and Kalamazoo counties are rated poorly.

Ottawa County performed the best among West Michigan counties. It had only 19 poor bridges; about 8%.

Structurally deficient or functionally obsolete bridges in West Michigan counties (alphabetically):

  • Allegan County: 47 bridges; 20%
  • Barry County: 8 bridges; 18%
  • Calhoun County: 68 bridges; 32%
  • Cass County: 13 bridges; 26%
  • Ionia County: 27 bridges; 23%
  • Kalamazoo County: 39 bridges; 27%
  • Kent County: 100 bridges; 19%
  • Mecosta County: 13 bridges; 18%
  • Montcalm County: 12 bridges; 10%
  • Muskegon County: 38 bridges; 27%
  • Newaygo County: 17 bridges; 27%
  • Ottawa County: 19 bridges; 8%
  • St. Joseph County: 24 bridges; 19%
  • Van Buren County: 20 bridges; 16%

Click here to see the complete report

MITA, out of the Lansing area, is pushing for more money to repair bridges.

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