GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The man who drove a 35-ton cement truck over the covered Fallasburg Bridge has been fined more than $5,500.
Jeffrey John Mosher, 37, of Sparta, was cited in August for driving the truck over the 142-year-old covered bridge in Vergennes Township, north of Lowell.
The bridge's weight limit is three tons. The fully-loaded concrete truck weighed in at about 35 tons -- a difference of 64,000 pounds.
Additionally, the truck was too tall for the bridge. Its chutes hit the roof of the bridge and scraped the wooden timbers bracing trusses.
The bridge was shut down for a day as the Kent County Road Commission checked its structural integrity. It found no significant damage.
Mosher was fined $5,580 for ignoring the weight limit.
That fine was determined based upon the number of axles on the truck and the weight difference above the posted limit.
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