Holland Township approves new bridge to Windmill Island

De Zwaan, Windmill Island Gardens, Holland, Tulip Time
People near the historic De Zwaan windmill at Windmill Island Gardens in Holland during the May 2016 Tulip Time Festival.

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD/AP) — Holland Township has approved a plan to build a new pedestrian bridge to Windmill Island Gardens.

The township supervisor said a joint resolution with the city of Holland passed unanimously among the six township board members present at Thursday evening’s meeting. The Holland City Council agreed to the resolution a day earlier.

The $3.3 million project has been in the works for years. The plan is to build a path and bridge for pedestrians and bicyclists along Lincoln Avenue and through the park, over the Macatawa River, and then along Scotts Drive, where it will connect with an existing path.

The $3.3 million — which includes money from the city, township, grants and fundraising — will pay for the path, bridge and a water main project.

>>Online: Project details on the City of Holland’s website

The plan will now go before the Michigan Department of Transportation for final approval and more funding.

Andy Kenyon, the Holland Parks and Recreation director, told 24 Hour News 8 he expects approval from MDOT within a month. He also said the project could be finished by the end of September.

>>Photos: Windmill Island during Tulip Time Festival

–The Associated Press contributed to this report.