Closures start Tues. for overpass fix

The crane that got stuck in the South Washington Avenue overpass over US-31 in Holland. (June 9, 2014)

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Lane closures will go into effect Tuesday morning as crews work to repair a bridge over S. Washington Avenue that was damaged in a wreck last week.

All lanes on S. Washington Avenue beneath the US-31 overpass in Holland will close Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. The ramp from northbound US-31 to northbound Washington Avenue will also be shut down. Southbound US-31 will continue to have one lane closed.

All affected lanes are expected to be reopened by July 1, MDOT says.

It took hours June 9 for crews to pull a container delivery truck free after its boom ripped through two of the bridge’s steel I-beams. The driver of the truck told police he was unsure if he had locked down the boom after his most recent delivery.

MDOT estimated the fix will cost about $400,000, which is expected to be charged to the truck driver’s company.

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