100th St. overpass hit by semi-truck for 5th time

Kent County

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The 100th Street bridge deck over US-131 in southern Kent County was struck again Thursday by a semi-truck.

The crash happened around 6 p.m. The semi stopped about half a mile from the bridge in Byron Township and the driver is cooperating with investigators, Michigan State Police say. No one was hurt.

A closure was in effect while crews cleaned up and checked out the bridge before the road reopened around 8 p.m.

This marks the fifth time this year the bridge deck has been hit. MDOT noted the bridge is lower than many in Michigan, but also said that information is listed in trucker manuals (PDF). It’s not clear what’s causing all the incidents now when there haven’t been any problems for years.

The bridge will be raised about two feet to 16 feet, MDOT said after the most recent crash on March 5, but there’s no timetable for that yet and funding hasn’t been secured.

Two semi-trucks carrying large shipping containers hit the bridge Jan. 12. On Jan. 23, a semi hauling a mobile home hit it. The March 5 crash involved a truck hauling a crane.

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