US-31/Washington Ave. fix delayed

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.