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Demolition on 100th Street Bridge starts today

Posted at 7:30 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 19:30:22-04

KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Demolition began Monday evening on the 100th Street Bridge over US 131 near Byron Center. The bridge, built in 1957, has gotten its fair share of publicity the last couple of years.

The bridge was struck by semi trucks 14 times in 2018, all within 5 months. The Michigan Department of Transportation says drivers who didn't have the proper permits and were taking the route were the culprits.

MDOT says demolition was supposed to start this past Saturday, but crews held off because of weather. Spokesperson John Richard says the project will allow MDOT to increase the bridge's under clearance to 16 feet.

“The new bridge will be very similar to the one at M 50 and 96 in Lowell, and 100th Street remains closed through October but after demolition the ramps will remain open for the majority of the project," Richard said

The demolition is projected to end by Thursday.