MDOT: US-31, S. Washington to reopen by July

A truck that got stuck on southbound US-31 in Holland after hitting the South Washington Avenue overpass. Courtesy: Holland Department of Public Safety on Twitter. (June 9, 2014)

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) – The Michigan Department of Transportation has announced a new plan that it hopes allow all lanes of southbound US-31 and S. Washington Avenue in Holland to be open by July.

On Monday, the boom of a container truck slammed into the US-31 overpass over S. Washington Avenue and got stuck.

The impact damaged steel beams that support the overpass. As a result, one lane of S. Washington Avenue and one lane of US-31 were blocked off.

Originally, MDOT officials said repairs would take several months and said that if the steel beams had to be replaced, it could take up to a year to fix the overpass.

Friday, MDOT officials said they hope to complete temporary repairs to the overpass within the next few weeks.

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