6.11.14: Iron shortage could delay US-31 bridge fix in Holland
The Michigan Department of Transportation says they have reopened part of S. Washington Avenue in Holland after a boom from a truck damaged the US-31 overpass on Monday. MDOT engineers say it could take a year to fix because of an iron shortage.
The boom impaled the steel I-beams that hold up the bridge. While it’s safe for people to drive over, it still needs major repairs. The repairs themselves would take about 4 months.
The shortage could mean it will take much longer to fully reopen the bridge if the beams must be replaced and the estimated cost could be $400,000. The truck driver’s company is expected to be charged for the full cost of either the beam repairs or replacement.